Yakima Valley Wines Grab Half of Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Syrahs from Washington State

A brief follow up to this blog’s post several months ago discussing Yakima Valley’s Superlative Syrahs. We noted in March the high marks that Yakima Valley Syrah was receiving by critics. The reviews continue.

The June 2013 issue of the Wine Spectator identified a series of Washington Syrahs scoring 90 points or more. Of that list, half of the top ten wines featured in the Wine Spectator are Yakima Valley wines. These wines include:

93 Points – Bunnell Syrah Yakima Valley Boushey-McPherson Vineyard 2008 $40 Vibrant and focused, brimming with dark berry, dark plum, coffee and spice flavors that keep expanding as the finish lingers.

92 Points – Côte Bonneville Syrah Yakima Valley Dubrul Vineyard 2010 $75 Lithe and expressive, showing distinctive earthy and savory notes around a supple core of blackberry and cream flavors, persisting gracefully.

92 Points – JM Syrah Yakima Valley Boushey Vineyard 2010 $45 Focused and vibrant, with floral accents to its vibrant blackberry and spice flavors that linger expressively.

92 Points – Mark Ryan Syrah Red Mountain Wild Eyed 2010 $48 Focused, lively and generous with its tomato leaf-tinged blackberry and black olive flavors, underlined with nubby tannins as the finish extends nicely.

92 Points – Mark Ryan Syrah Yakima Valley Lost Soul Red Willow Vineyard 2010 $48 A polished, supple style that lets its tarry blackberry and cream flavors cascade against silky tannins, lingering on the expressive finish.

Source: Wine Spectator, June 15, 2013.

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