Though it lacks the precision of a single-vineyard Syrah (a grape that meticulously reflects individual terroir), this is balanced, clean and unmistakably varietal. There is a spicy, sharply herbal underpinning and tannins that suggest some stems in the fermentation. The high alcohol does not intrude, and the wine is complete and full.
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.