Monday, February 02, 2009

Walla Walla Syrah is Kicking Butt!

In recent news, Walla Walla may be collecting a boneyard of blood, sweat, tears and old menus from some of the valley restaurants, but it's the Syrahs of Walla Walla that are still alive and kicking! And in spite of this dragging economy, kudos to the Wall Street Journal and their article, Gorgeous Giants of the Northwest for recognizing some of the best Syrahs of Washington state, and especially those from Walla Walla.

The group at Wall Street Journal tasted the Syrahs in blind flights over several nights and were, "blown away." And here's what they had to say:

"When these wines got it right, they were intense experiences, with purple-black color; massive, tightly wound fruit; hints of all kinds of herbs; great acidity; a dark core of fruit that, more than once, made us think of crushed coal; and a genuine sense of excitement."

We salute you, you bad boys of Syrah - Dunham Cellars, Gramercy Cellars, K-Vintners, L'Ecole No. 41 and Reininger. And last but not least, a big salute to you growers of massive, inky, powerful, and slap-your-face fruit: Morrison Lane and Seven Hills Vineyard. Because without the fruit, we'd be just - - mediocre - - ehh.

So, step aside California Zinfandel and bow down. Washington Syrah is here!

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