Owen Roe 2011 Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block Syrah, Yakima Valley, $55

By on February 23, 2014

owen-roe-2011-chapel-block-syrah-yakima-valley-labelLongtime Oregon winemaker David O’Reilly recently added a production facility near Union Gap, Wash., across the Yakima Valley from Mike Sauer’s historic planting of Syrah — the first in the state for the late David Lake. Nearly an even split of fruit from the West and East blocks sets the stage for intense aromas of dusty blueberry, dark plum, enticing dark chocolate and bacon fat. The fluid is rich and thick on the entry with dark plum and boysenberry flavors that are met with plump tannins. Its finish brings bright acidity that hints at juicy boysenberry and pomegranate. Thanks to its construction, this Syrah will improve over the next decade.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 667 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%


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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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