2010 Owen Roe, Syrah “Chapel Block” Red Willow Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington State.
Here is another winner from Owen Roe, again David O’Reilly has crafted a beautiful and lush Syrah that delivers rich fruit, with lively acidity and smooth tannins. The Chapel Block is new to me and I think it is the best Syrah I’ve had from Owen Roe with heady perfume, chocolate, violets, boysenberry and blueberry layers while hints of meat, leather, licorice and pepper play in the background. The long cassis and spice finish is still vibrant and fresh showcasing the fine balance in this lovely Syrah from Washington State. Owen Roe makes some intriguing wines, both from Washington and Oregon from unique vineyards and are all made in artisan fashion as natural as possible.
($56 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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