This snappy Syrah takes advantage of the Viognier skins added during fermentation, which lifts the high end aromatics, contributing aromas of flower and pine resin. It's sharp and well-defined, pungent and expressive, with very tight berry fruits at the core. This has real lift to the acids and aromas, and begins to show a bit of the roasted character of the Rhone as it breathes. Give it plenty of time to really open up.
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.