Despite its 15.4% alcohol, this Syrah seems light through the middle. It's got syrupy barrel flavors of bourbon and caramel that overshadow the pretty red fruit. The alcohol doesn't burn, but the wine does not have the mass to compensate. Drink 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.