Barking Frog Winery 2008 Syrah, Washington, $28

By on December 10, 2013

barking-frog_syrah-2008-labelSeveral wineries in downtown Carlton, Ore., rely on Washington’s side of the Columbia Valley for the fruit in their un-Burgundy programs, and the Helbigs source their Syrah from Crawford Vineyard in Prosser, Wash. This version is not your syrupy Syrah, starting with aromas of chocolate-covered pomegranate, purple plum, dried cherry and alder smoke. The drink is a blend of racy raspberry and vibrant blackberry flavors, keeping the focus on lingering acidity rather than tannin. And there’s no need to use a corkscrew with this Vino-Seal glass stopper enclosure, which Alcoa first released to Germany in 2003.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 15.2%

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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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