The Patina vineyard has some of the oldest Syrah plantings in the Walla Walla valley, and this designate is a fine effort. The dry-farmed grapes yield mixed flavors of raspberry, boysenberry and cherry, with hints of tobacco leaf. Licorice streaks through the finish, which lingers with excellent concentration.
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.