Helix by Reininger 2008 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $30

By on March 29, 2013

Washington wineChuck Reininger’s Helix wines are not part of a second label in the normal sense of that phrase because there is nothing “second” about these wines. Rather, the Helix wines come from the broader Columbia Valley, while the Reininger line is strictly focused on Walla Walla Valley fruit. That said, much of the fruit for this delicious Syrah comes from the Walla Walla Valley, including Seven Hills, Ash Hollow and Pepper Bridge vineyards. However, Reininger added grapes from Phinny Hill (Horse Heaven Hills) and StoneTree (Wahluke Slope) to the blend to add complexity from two warm areas of Washington wine country. The result is a red that opens with aromas of black currant, crushed black walnut, black licorice and something that reminds us of a pizza parlor – perhaps oregano? On the palate, it unveils flavors of president plum, dark chocolate, oak and spice. Its plush tannins make room for all the fruit through the lengthy finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 578 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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