Schmidt Family Vineyards 2012 Syrah, Applegate Valley, $36

By on May 20, 2016

schmidt syrahThis Southern Oregon winery is on a roll, crafting superb examples of everything from Riesling to Pinot Noir to Syrah. This marvelous Syrah uses grapes from the historic yet overlooked Applegate Valley not far from the California border. It opens with aromas of dark chocolate, French press coffee and Hostess blackberry pie. On the palate, it is firm throughout, thanks to rich flavors of dark fruit backed by austere acidity and managed tannins. It is a complex wine with remarkable balance. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 251 cases

Alcohol: 14.67%

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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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