The addition of 6% Grenache to the blend is effective, contributing bright spicy red fruit highlights. The Syrah is varietal, with bloody beef, dried herb and dark, peppery fruit. It shows a little too much heat in the finish.
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.