A reversal from past Syrcas, this flips the blend to 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah. It remains a sensational value, introduced with a beguiling nose of toast, smoke and coffee grounds. The tart, tangy red-fruit flavor has length and style; the wine seems sculpted.
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.