This pure, estate-grown Syrah is marked with grapefruit rind and citrus—sure signs of cool-climate Washington Syrah. Despite its healthy (14.8%) alcohol, it lacks sweet fruit. In fact it's a bit of a sourball, grainy, herbal and tannic. There's plenty of color and varietal pepper, but it's a bit too heavy with acid and tannin.
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.