Dark and plum-colored, with scents of roasted coffee, toast and black fruits. Blackberry and black cherry fruit is lifted by some lemony acids. The challenge for these Rogue Valley Syrahs is to flesh out the midpalate fruit and keep the tannins in check. This is a good effort, though not up to the outstanding 2002. Just 95 cases were made.
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: email@example.com.