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Basalt Cellars

Basalt Cellars
2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$36

Basalt Cellars
2017 Syrah, Columbia Valley

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Syrah

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.6%
Indigo color. Smoky aromas of grilled black plum, licorice, sarsaparilla, cracked pepper, sage, dried dates, and tobacco with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, charming, medium-long black toast and hazelnut spread finish with moderate oak flavor. A supple and round Syrah that’s beautifully integrated.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: grilled black plum, licorice, sarsaparilla, cracked pepper, sage, dried dates, and tobacco
Taste Flavor: black toast and hazelnut spread
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A supple and round Syrah that's beautifully integrated.

The Producer

Basalt Cellars

The Producer
906 Port Dr
Clarkston, WA 99403
USA
1 509-758-6442

Syrah

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Syrah - also known as Shiraz, especially in Australia - is a red wine with rich, zesty plum and blackberry fruit along with a light spicy, sometimes peppery quality. The grape has light to medium tannins, meaning lighter versions are drinkable upon release. This has certainly helped this wine's popularity in the United States.

Full-bodied versions, such as Côte-Rôtie from France's Rhone Valley, are intense, deeply concentrated wines that need many years to round out; these are generally at their best seven to ten years after the vintage and can drink well for 20 years plus from the best vintages.

Recommended foods with Syrah include most red meats, game and barbecued foods.