Holmes Harbor Cellars 2009 Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $30

By on July 17, 2013

Holmes Harbor Cellars is on Whidbey Island in Washington state.Owner/winemaker Greg Martinez tends to focus his grape sources on the Walla Walla Valley. The grapes for this superb Syrah are from Les Collines, a vineyard near the Oregon border that is owned by Norm McKibben of Pepper Bridge fame. This wine opens with aromas of dusty cranberry, raspberry, plum and some alluring sizzling bacon notes. A rich entry leads to flavors of wild plum, blackberry, ham and a hint of oregano. Enjoy this with lamb chops, sweetbreads or a steak topped with sauteed mushrooms.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 124 cases

Alcohol: 15.7%

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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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