This barrel-selection bottling honors the winemaker's father-in-law, and comes from the best lots of Syrah. Sixty percent was whole-cluster fermented, yielding an intense, peppery, spicy and almost laser-like wine with sharp streaks of mint, herb, wild berry and earth. It opens elegantly into a smooth, almost silky finish, adding sweet chocolate to the mix.
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.