A pretty purple/garnet shade, this sweet-scented Syrah (with small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Mourvèdre in the blend) looks, smells and tastes like blueberries, boysenberries and blue plum; lovely fruits all. Consistent with other RiverAerie reds, it is forward, sweetly fruity, clean and ready for near-term drinking. Light streaks of pepper and chicory add interest to the 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.