Silverdale, WA 14.8% alc. (Purchased on 4/9/14)
Another economy-priced product from the well-reputed owners of Grammercy Cellars and Water’s Winery in Walla Walla. Be sure to check out their trippy web site. I can get myself dizzy just looking at it!
Brilliant, somewhat lighter cherry/ruby color. Nose is a little closed and tight, showing mostly cherry and raspberry aromas with a bit of smoke. In the mouth, it’s pretty light and soft with minimal tannins…leaning more toward the Grenache side of the Rhone variety spectrum with lots of berryish fruit, but also black coffee, light oak and more tannins in the finish. Shows no signs of being a nearly 15% alcohol wine; no heat. While it’s a light version of Syrah, it’s head and shoulders above the 2010 vintage that held no interest for me. This is a seriously young Syrah, so it could potentially evolve and become slightly more complex in time. A most respectable everyday red especially at the sale price of under five bucks.