Cedar River Cellars 2013 Bella Bella Barrel Select Syrah, Columbia Valley, $38

cedar-river-cellars-bella-bella-barrel-select-syrah-2013-labelA single barrel of free-run Syrah juice from Burgess Vineyard in Pasco, Wash., makes for an inviting, sexy and silky release by Micah Nasarow, a young winemaker on the rise in the Renton Highlands near Lake Kathleen. Chocolaty aromas with plum, blueberry and sweet red bell pepper lead to a hedonistic drink of huckleberry, blueberry and clove. Good acidity and black tea tannins add balance to this dark and sensuous release.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 26 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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