This limited-production (2,000 cases) reserve is a fitting companion to Covey's amazingly good every day Syrah. It's very clean, well-balanced and solidly varietal. The bacon fat barrel flavors are welcome accents, as are the hints of citrus peel and smoke. Tart berry fruit and polished, lightly herbal tannins flesh it out.
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.