A spicy, sharply defined Syrah, this is streaked with a strong flavor of clove. The fruit is light and suggests blueberries, but there are stronger flavors of vanilla and tobacco that dominate. A bit of heat slips into the finish, as the fruit quickly fades.
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.