Opening with scents of mushroom compost and moist earth, this continues into a rather thin, sharp midpalate. The fruit is not-quite-ripe wild berry, and the earthy characteristics continue to dominate. It tastes more like a Yakima Valley Syrah than a Wahluke Slope Syrah, and finishes with a burst of mild heat.
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.