Columbia Valley, WA
$8 at Renton, WA (purchased 3/21/14)
Lim13 reviewed the 2010 Syrah a while ago and it was disappointing as I agreed in the review. However, knowing the pedigree of the wineries behind this label I decided to give this a try, especially since the 2012 vintage was a good warm vintage in WA. Wines of Substance is a joint venture between Waters and Gramercy wineries to produce mid range value wines.
Medium red color. Cherry fruit, cocoa powder, and herbal notes in the nose. Very lean and tight on the palate. It took a good hour for this wine to give up its hidden treasures. This is a subtle wine with light cherry, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet touches of vanilla oak, anise, and herbal notes. Nice minerals with soft tea like tannins in the finish. A very stylistic wine that some may not like. A thumbs up for Me and a decent price, even better if its around for the sale.