Moon Curser Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Okanagan Valley, $25

By on November 17, 2014

moon-curser-vineyards-syrah-nv-bottleKiwi software engineer Chris Tolley launched his winery a decade ago, and from lofty vineyard above Osoyoos, British Columbia, also looks down on Oroville, Wash. He pulls from three nearby vineyards for this Syrah — a mainstream variety for Tolley — and the focus is on purple fruit from beginning to end. Aromas and flavors of boysenberry and blueberry jam are held up by an oak program that’s about one-third new barriques, making for tones of cinnamon toast and light smoke with a hint of charcuterie. This wine also picked up a silver medal at the 2014 BC Wine Awards.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,299 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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