Syrah makes up almost three quarters of the blend; the rest is Cabernet, and the results are spectacular. This tiny winery (50 cases of this were produced) has come up with a meaty, substantial, poised and polished effort that offers both heft and elegance—a rare combo. Dense, deep blueberry in color, it sends up evocative scents of violets and berries, then smoothes into a silky middle with cedar, sandalwood, lead pencil and licorice. Soft, substantial tannins keep it gliding through a long, satisfying finish.
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.