Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Ethos Reserve Syrah, Columbia Valley, $35

By on July 28, 2013

chateau-ste-michell-ethos-syrahA sybarite’s dream, Bob Bertheau allows these heavy clusters at Cold Creek Vineyard to hang until desiccation begins, blended them with prized StoneTree berries (45%) and funneled that dense juice into a barrel program of 93% new French oak. That begins to explain the oak-dominated aromas of roasted coffee beans, fresh-baked brownie, simmering ground beef and tar.  It’s a fruity and sensual drink of black cherry, plums, blueberry and white chocolate, backed by fine-grained tannins and ample perceived acidity — despite the rather lofty pH of 3.9. Suggested pairings include Butternut & Cougar Gold Pizza.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 800 cases

Alcohol: 15.5%

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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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