Pure varietal, Washington-grown Syrah, with a beguiling mix of citrus, spicy plum, and red licorice. The citrus component really shines through in the mouth, with juicy acidity that includes orange peel and pink grapefruit flavors. The acids underscore polished blueberry and blackberry fruit, with a penetrating finish that adds dark chocolate and espresso. Deceptive at first; let it breathe.
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: email@example.com.