Anelare 2010 Ciel du Cheval Syrah, Red Mountain, $59

By on February 1, 2013

Anelare Ciel du Cheval SyrahLast year, this high-end boutique producer moved its tasting room from the Southridge area of Kennewick, Wash., to the production facility it shares with Cañon de Sol Winery. It also has a tasting room presence in Spokane at Nectar. This is a delicious Syrah from one of Washington’s finest and oldest vineyards. In fact, grape grower Jim Holmes was one of the pioneers to first clear sagebrush on Red Mountain to make room for wine grapes back in 1975. This is a classic, with aromas of mint, plum, tar and vanilla ice cream, followed by plum, juicy flavors of boysenberry, pomegranate, spice and coffee, all backed by ample tannins that should allow this wine to age for a decade or more.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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