Daven Lore Winery 2010 Durif, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

By on March 16, 2013

Washington wineOwner/winemaker Gord Taylor is one of the few who honor François Durif, the French botanist who discovered the variety in a vineyard and named it after himself. The cross between Syrah and the obscure grape Peloursin is more commonly known as Petite Sirah. Taylor brought in grapes from Zephyr Ridge and Alder Ridge, both top vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills above his Prosser, Wash., winery. He also blended in just a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The results are spectacular, with aromas of black olive, leather, black cherry and malted milk balls. On the palate, this is a supple and somewhat subdued version of the normally muscular wine, with flavors of blackberry, coffee, sage and cumin. It is a perfect wine to pair with prime rib, pork tenderloin, venison or a bean burrito.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 110 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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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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