J&J Vintners 2012 Les Collines Vineyard Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $30

By on July 7, 2014

J&J-vintners-first-release-syrah-labelThis is just the third vintage for this boutique winery in Milton-Freewater, Ore., and the team of high school chums Jody Middleton and Jeremy Petty appear well on track for success. This Syrah from the nearby foothills starts with telltale aromas of blackberry, vanilla, black pepper and black currants, followed by mouth-filling flavors of ripe plum, dark berry and Baker’s chocolate. It’s distinctive, delicious and was among the stars of the 2014 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition — earning a rare double gold.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 102 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

Winery website

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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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