Tsillan Cellars 2012 Estate Reserve Syrah, Lake Chelan, $35

By on September 8, 2015

Tsillan Cellars-2012-Reserve SyrahChelan winemaker Shane Collins continues his string of success with Syrah, and there’s a theme of hedonism from start to finish, opening with the 20-month wood program of 80% new French oak. The nose is dense with toast, black currant, dark cherry and blueberry, backed by chalkboard dust and a hint of saddle leather. The drink is rich and bold with dark fruit and sweet fine-grained tannins on the greeting. There’s terrific length that offers flavors of blueberry and elderberry leading to a long soft finish and dusting of graphite. It’s won gold medals at two regional competition and shows no sign of slowing down soon.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 592 cases

Alcohol: 15.1%

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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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