Following the excellent '03 Syrah, this young, tightly wound effort, from Yakima Valley (Minick Farms) fruit, frames its tangy strawberry preserve flavors in spicy American oak. Solid craftsmanship, nothing showy. It has a moderately concentrated black cherry mid-palate and continues along a seamless path to a satisfying finish.
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.