At first this Syrah, sourced entirely from Pepper Bridge vineyard fruit, seems to fall short in the finish. There are some fruit flavors that skirt along the edge of prune and raisin, and a nice chocolaty coating. But highlights of cured meat add interest and complexity to the finish as the wine opens up. Drink soon.
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.