October 2, 2018
For the last 20 years, we’ve seen the rise of Washington Syrah. Since it was first planted in the Yakima Valley in the mid-1980s by Mike Sauer of Red Willow Vineyard fame, acreage and fascination with the bold, jammy Rhône red has grown.
It’s now Washington’s No. 3 red grape, behind Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The resulting wines tend to be consumer favorites because of their big, jammy, approachable tannins.
There are some secondary benefits to the rise of Syrah. A lot makes it into other wines, adding depth, especially to the midpalate. Secondarily, it has led to an increasing interest in other Rhône red varieties, which over the past few years have been some of Washington’s most interesting wines.>>>Read the entire article featuring Three of Cups and more on Tri-City Herald
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