At the most recent wine tasting I organized, we tasted wines from the extremely diverse region of the Pacific Northwest, including everything from Riesling and Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the Oregon and Washington state areas. The wine I’ve selected for my wine of the month this July was my favorite wine of that tasting, and also a great value. And besides, it’s been awhile since I touted Syrah, my favorite varietal. As an additional side note, I just returned from a trip to Sonoma and Napa Valleys, and will be posting extensive details about some of the great wines I found out there as soon as I can. Now, onto the wine of the month for July:

TYRUS EVAN SYRAH WALLA WALLA VALLEY 2005, 92 Points, $36, 605 Cases Produced

Complex aromas of leather, black fruit, chocolate and pepper spice. Plush and deep, with chocolate, blackberry and black licorice notes up front. Lots of spice here along with a little earth, a classic Syrah profile. Lots of deep, purple fruit and hints of dusty chocolate linger long with the strong pepper spice.

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