A Place for Syrah

Washington excels with Rhône-style bottlings, but top versions may be hard to find
From the Dec 31, 2013, issue

Washington has commanded attention in recent years with bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, along with a tantalizing range of lesser-known grape varieties, but Syrah continues to produce the state's most exciting wines. More than 100 Syrahs earned outstanding ratings (90 points or higher on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale) in this report, which encompasses all Washington wines reviewed in the past year. Editor at large Harvey Steiman reports.

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