Most Oregon Syrah is grown in the south and trucked up to Willamette Valley wineries, but Cristom grows its own. Admirable effort, but it falls a bit short on flavor. Tannins dominate and the fruit fails to gather itself into any identifiable varietal shape. It's a gentle, generic red.
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.