Syrah still strong in Washington

By on April 20, 2014

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Red Willow Vineyard is owned by Mike Sauer.

Mike Sauer, owner of Red Willow Vineyard, planted the first Syrah in Washington back in the mid-1980s. Today, Syrah is Washington’s No. 3 red wine grape. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Worldwide, large-scale Syrah producers have been having difficulty selling their wines because Americans, it seems, have grown a bit weary of the red Rhône variety.

Yet Washington wineries crafting small amounts of Syrah seem to be having little difficulty selling their wines, and the reason is simple: Limited-production Syrahs are fantastic. Washington combines the best of the New World (rich, jammy, hedonistic) with the Old World (complex, layered, elegant), much to the delight of their fans.

Here are 12 superb Syrahs we’ve tasted in recent weeks. Give them a try.

About Great Northwest Wine

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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