Toasty scents from having aged in 40% new French oak waft over the tart raspberry fruit. This is a very clean, focused, well-defined Syrah. It's not too big, but crisp and classy, with some aging potential over the next 6–8 years.
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.