Longship Cellars 2013 Ginger Man Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, $26

longship-syrahKyle Welch – the “ginger man” – is crafting the wines for this young Richland, Wash., winery, and he’s off to a great start. This beautiful Syrah uses grapes primarily from the Walla Walla Valley with a small amount from the warm Horse Heaven Hills. On the nose, it exudes aromas of rich, luscious purple fruit slathered in dark chocolate sauce. On the palate, it unveils sensual flavors of blackberry jam on toast and raspberry reduction sauce. There’s just enough acidity to provide ample structure. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 120 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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