The fruit comes from the Seven Hills vineyard, on the Oregon side of the Walla Walla AVA. The fruit flavors are an intriguing mix of black cherry, plum and bourbon-soaked fig; there's nothing shy here. What is especially noteworthy is that winemaker Ken Wright has crafted a Syrah that is distinctively different from others that are using this fruit; it's more stylized, the fruit more precise, the barrel flavors more advanced.
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.