Dusted Valley Vintners 2010 Rachis Syrah, Columbia Valley, $53

By on May 22, 2013

Washington wineThe Dusted Valley boys have put together a high-end Syrah that was crafted using what’s called a whole-cluster fermentation. The name – “Rachis” – comes from the term for the grape stems, which also go in as yeast converts sugar to alcohol. The wine opens with aromas of cedar, fresh-from-the-oven brownies, black cherry and walnut. On the palate, it offers full-bodied flavors of poached plum, cherry and dark oak. This has just a bit of Petite Sirah (6%) in the blend, adding a touch of sturdiness to the backbone.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 192 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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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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