This looks appealing right as it's being poured from the bottle. Deep blue/purple, it flows like honey, with a suppleness that suggests good things to come. Sniff—it's loaded with spicy, herbal, lightly funky Syrah character. Swirl—it gathers power and strength. Sip—this is Washington Syrah alright, with plenty of composty herb and funk, truffle and herb, but wrapped in deep black fruits. The acids leave a finish that is chalky and artificial, the only barrier to a higher score.
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.