Isenhower changes the vineyard sources for this wine from year to year. This is the first Horse Heaven Hills version I've tasted, and it's right down the heart of the plate as far as Washington Syrah is concerned. The complex mix of spice, herb and wild fruits is bolstered by peppery tannins and lively acids. A truly wonderful wine that seems both poised and racy, wild and refined. The 14.8% alcohol is in no way over the top.
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.