Fascinating; this was co-fermented with 7% whole cluster Roussanne, then blended with another 4% Viognier. Inky, vivid, saturated and loaded with appealing scents of meat, smoke, cedar, pencil shavings, blackberry, black cherry and much more, this is Washington’s answer to Barossa Shiraz. Yet the alcohol remains a sensible 14.3%, and the wine has impeccable balance.
Co-fermented with both Viognier and Roussanne, this Syrah’s flavors marry well, bringing tangy flavors of mixed berries, some lemony acids, and whiffs of mocha and milk chocolate. Tannins are ripe and silky, and the barrel notes seem to have been pulled well back from previous vintages.