From the (Cayuse) Armada Vineyard, the blend includes 8% Syrah. Very floral, with lovely scents of lily and spice. It's all fruit, with no new wood, and some whole cluster flavors of bark and stem. All nicely integrated and subtle, adding texture and detail. There is a streak of balsamic, and tart berry fruit flavors with a powerful, peppery, earthy component from the vineyard.
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.