This is a softer, fruitier Syrah than the Fortmiller, with somewhat better balance. The opening layer of round, cherry-flavored fruit is spiced up with citrus and scented with pepper, smoke and black coffee. The middle lags, then it picks up again with an earthy, tannic finish. Just 2 barrels (48 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.