Tightly wound, layered and lightly herbal, with nuanced flavors that show as much stone and earth as fruit. The balance is excellent and the tannins are proportionate, but don't look for the high octane, sappy fruit that comes with most Washington Syrah. This is almost steely, with tart wild berry flavors and an earthy base.
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.