Dark, smoky and chewy, this young, tannic effort could stand in for any good Walla Walla Syrah from a dozen different producers. It is a testament to the quality of Washington Syrah; but also an example of the sameness that plagues many of them. There is a nice core of juicy boysenberry, and beyond that it's all about roasted coffee, bitter chocolate and toast.
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.