There are many approaches to making fine Syrah. Here the generous use of 50% new oak barrels (half French, half Russian) puts a toasty frame around a solid core of pure blue and purple fruits. The wine is rich, ripe and round, with plush flavors that are irresistible.
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.