Tamarack Cellars 2009 Ciel du Cheval Syrah, Red Mountain, $40

By on March 2, 2014

tamarack-cellars-ciel-du-cheval-syrah-bottleRed Mountain pioneer Jim Holmes produces fruit from two clones of Syrah — Clone 174 and Tablas Creek —  for Walla Walla winemaker Danny Gordon, and the harvest was 90 percent complete when the mid-October “game over” freeze struck the Columbia Valley. Hints of dark plum, black cherry, earthiness and toast dominate the aromas. Inside, the palate brings chocolate-covered cherries and boysenberry acidity, which are framed by rich Red Mountain tannins that aren’t overwhelming. The drink includes a fascinating savory note of black truffle.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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