This is Walter Dacon's best effort, a barrel selection from the French oak-aged side lots. It's 100% Syrah with a generous (one third) portion of Boushey grapes. The three Syrahs from Walter Dacon use different barrel regimens, but blend grapes from the same vineyards, and so they tend to share a very similar set of flavors, and lose focus. In place of specificity, they offer bold, oaky, forward, ripe and immediately accessible flavors of fruit and barrel.
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.