A Rhône-style blend of 65% Syrah, 30% Grenache and 5% Viognier, this was aged entirely in neutral oak, to its benefit. The aromas burst from the glass with fresh ground pepper in the lead, and the Syrah and Grenache seem in perfect balance, each enhancing the other. Vibrant tart cranberry fruit is matched to juicy acids and that ravishing pepper. Pepper steak anyone?
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.