Northwest Cellars 2008 Spofford Station Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $28

By on October 5, 2013

northwest-cellars-spofford-station-syrahNext year, Bob Delf will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Kirkland, Wash., business that began by allowing customers to special order bottles that carried personalized labels. Thanks in part to his partnership with Yakima Valley winemaker Robert Smasne, he’s taken his brand to the next level, which includes remarkable artwork produced by Olsen Creative and wine country photographer Richard Duval. This Syrah from Milton-Freewater, Ore., brings gamy and bacon aromas with red plums, Bing cherries and chocolate. The palate takes off on the massive midpalate that brings blackberries, darker plums and chocolate flavors, capped by a grand finish of crushed walnut.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 190 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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