Okay fans of Washington Syrah, this one is for you.
A notoriously difficult to find bottle of Syrah. I snagged the last bottle when I saw it at the local grocers. It's a little young today but drank well after an hour. I even made a couple of wallpaper images of the bottle for you to put on your desktop.
"Good expression of varietal."
-William Pollard, Wild 4 Washington Wine.
Nose: Smoky, spicy, tarragon and eucalyptus on the nose.
Palate: Pleasant, soft, red fruit, smoky, light currant. Had Syrah characteristics with bacon fat and an herbal note.
After 10 minutes smoky violets and bakers chocolate emerged on the nose, medium mouth, rich chocolate a little heat on the finish.
At 15 minutes, bam! It was drinking like a Washington Syrah - a mix of luscious dark violets mingled with asphalt, tarragon, spice, and tobacco, acid more present than tannin, the mid-palate filled out with a good medium finish. Pretty tasty and enjoyable. Not as dark as I usually expect from a Washington Syrah, nor was my tongue.
After 30 minutes this wine came together, heat gone, tasty, better match of tannin and acid and lip smacking finish. Very good after an hour of breathing, darker tongue included.
Thoughts: Pretty darn good at opening. Good expression of varietal. Okay, my recommendation is to open and then drink after an hour or hold for another few months. Thank me later. I enjoyed this bottle of Washington Syrah. Recommended. Drink now thru 2017. Recommended.
Blend: 97% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre
Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase price: $13.98
Dusted Valley Vintners
1248 Old Milton Hwy
Walla Walla, WA 99362
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