The Beaux is Walter Dacon's American-oaked Syrah (then why the French name?). It is the lightest, most feminine of the trio of Dacon Syrahs, yet also the most aromatic and interesting. There are notes of flower and leaf not found in the other wines, perhaps because the barrels were used with more restraint. I like the violets-and-chocolate imprint it leaves in the back of the mouth.
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.