I realize that I have featured Syrahs and Syrah blends frequently here, but after all, it is my favorite varietal, and it there seem to be so many affordable examples that border on world class for the value. I’ve said many times that Napa Valley may one day be more famous for Syrah than for Cabernet Sauvignon, and my recent visit to Paso Robles only confirmed the idea that California’s climate might just be ideal for that particular grape, but for now, the very best examples of Syrah may be coming from Washington State. Very early in the year, I tasted a single vineyard Syrah from Cayuse from the spectacular 2008 vintage, a wine that will certainly gain some accolades in my year end awards. Red wines from Washington are very unique and are easily identifiable, as the cooler climate leads to less fruit forward wines where terroir shines. Dark and rugged, these wines are often dirty and earthy like the great wines of the Rhone, but offer deeper textures that offer a rough, burly personality. The great news in Washington is that the 2009 vintage was on par with the 2008, creating perhaps the two most successful years in the state’s history. November’s Wine of the Month is a Washington Syrah that I taste every year. The 2009 is without a doubt the best effort that they have ever produced, and the Wine Spectator recently announced it as their #25 Wine of the Year. At this price point, get it while you still can.

OWEN ROE SYRAH EX UMBRIS COLUMBIA VALLEY 2009, 94 POINTS, $24, 4982 Cases Made- Intense nose of rich blackberry, cocoa powder and mocha spice. Ripe, concentrated blueberry, blackberry, plum and black licorice flavors combine to create a deep but polished mouthfeel, with black pepper spice, mocha and cream soda notes through the long, powerful finish. Spice lingers long,but this is quite elegant and fruity for such a big Syrah.

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