Waterbrook Winery 2014 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $15

By on January 15, 2016

waterbrook-winery-syrah-2014-bottleBest Buy! John Freeman’s bargain Syrah is 100% and hails from two Walla Walla Valley vineyards — Mirage and Waterbrook Estate — and Yakima Valley sites Canyon Vineyard Ranch and Skyfall, both owned by parent company Precept Wine. There’s a fruit-forward, minimal-oak theme throughout, starting with a nose of Marionberry taffy, red plum, Bing cherry and pipe tobacco. It’s lively on the palate with an easy and spicy approach of cherry juice, elderberry and blueberry with just enough grip to the mild tannin structure. Hints of anise and white pepper add complexity to the back end.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 5,130 cases

Alcohol: 13.4%

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