Red Willow Vineyard owner Mike Sauer and Columbia winemaker David Lake pioneered Syrah in Washington state. This is Columbia's best. Young, tightly woven, with spice and leather and a gamy edge to it, it has the necessary raw materials, but needs more time.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.