Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Walla Walla Syrah - 2002 Beresan

We had this wine with cheese at the end of the meal. It elicited a lot of oohs and aahs! In fact, it is typical of Walla Walla Syrah. Big, soft, velvety, fruity and spicy - delicious! An exuberant, out there, kind of personality - not really in your face - soft, warm, loving, spirited, sexy - very appealing. Washington state Syrahs have winning personalities - upbeat, happy and free. The Beresan is made from grapes grown at Pepper Bridge vineyard. Most good Washington state Syrahs cost $30 and are worth every penny. The $45 versions are worth it, too. They tend to be bigger than life versions of the same thing - more macho! And there are some $20 versions which are not exactly puny little things either. They are all pretty much fabulous. Like Port, Chinon, and Dolcetto , the average quality of Washington Syrah is quite high and the wines are consistently of good quality.

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