The Beaux is Walter Dacon's American-oaked Syrah, from a range of vineyards and AVAs. The oak is much in evidence, adding vanilla and pickle barrel flavors to the ripe, hefty (14.8% alcohol) grapes. Fruit flavors are blocky and ripe, plum and cherry bordering on raisin; and there is a lush streak of chocolate in the finish. This is a wide- open, forward and powerful style that will have great appeal to some palates. Drink up; don't cellar.
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.