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Syrah is another classic French grape that has flourished in the New World. The most important grape of the northern Rhone, this peppery varietal was embraced by early Australian winemaking pioneers, who bumped up the fruit and called it "shiraz." Here in America the grape is experiencing an explosion in popularity, and has developed its own style as well. Washington state, with its cooler climate similar to the Northern Rhone, is producing some excellent syrah. The '07 Barrelstone is a nice blend of Old World spice and complexity, and New World fruit and richness. In the glass it's a gorgeous inky dark purple in color. On the nose is exhibits a typical warm, earthy spiciness, countered with a rich, dark fruit. It has full flavors of black cherry, black currant and nice round tannins with just the right balance of oak. It's a big wine, but not overblown, and the medium tannins and fruit would allow this wine to drink well on its own, yet pair nicely with meat dishes such as rack of lamb, roasted pork, and grilled steak, say, with a red wine reduction? You decide.
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