Quady North 2015 Mae's Vineyard Flagship Syrah (Applegate Valley)

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Mae's Flagship bottling is the winery's reserve, and it nicely bookends the exceptional Syrahs from the Rocks District at the other end of Oregon. Unusually, this uses 50% new French oak for aging, while many Syrahs use only neutral barrels. Here it works, with matching blueberry and black-cherry fruit, a burst of black licorice, and a finishing hit of coffee. The wine was cofermented with a bit of Viognier. Paul Gregutt

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