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

Monday, September 01, 2008

Washington Syrah

Which is worse - moving or remodeling? At least we've been tasting some wine, if not writing much. The past two days we tasted 2002 Isenhauer Walla Walla Syrah and 2001 Three Rivers "Alder Creek" Syrah. What a contrast? The Three Rivers was smooth and pleasant, but a little old tasting and simple in it's smooth fruitiness. The Isenhauer was exciting with great complex pepper and spice flavors - really classic Syrah. The Isenhauer could almost pass as European, and it certainly had Walla Walla character compared to the more subdued quality of the Yakima Valley wine

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