Champoux and DuBrul vineyards supplied the excellent fruit, roughly half each. This is Washington Syrah at its most dark, dense and deeply extracted. Beautifully structured, this exceptional wine is laced with roasted, toasty streaks of espresso and smoke. The fruit is substantial and more than up to the job of balancing the barrel flavors; you can't really tell what flavors come from which. Long, polished and powerful, this is quite seductive and delicious.
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.