V du V Wines 2012 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $22

These Spokane winemakers achieved remarkable success a couple of years ago with Pinot Noir from the classic 2012 vintage so their combined efforts with Syrah that same year off two warm Columbia Basin sites — Ginkgo Forest Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope and Weyns Farms just south of the geologically fascinating Potholes State Park — are not out of line. Aromas of President plum, black currant and milk chocolate include hints of earthiness and cured meat. Inside, there are blackberry and blueberry flavors with a structure of sandy tannins, pomegranate acidity and a finish of chocolate-covered elderberries. Suggested pairings range from lamb and turkey to grilled salmon.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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