Sirocco is 46% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, 15% Syrah, 4% Counoise and 4% Cinsault—is anyone else in Washington doing such complex Rhône blends? The model, of course, is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and this is a worthy New World take on that wine. Still youthful and very spicy, with tight red fruits, firm tannins, and alcohol pushing 15%, it needs more bottle age and/or decanting to smooth out.
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.