Wine – 2004 Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Syrah & 2004 L’Ecole No. 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Estate Syrah, Walla Walla Valley

Once in a while I have a night of food and wine that just makes it all click. One of those combinations would be lamb and Syrah… New World, Old World – it just works. Tonight we had lamb marinated with cumin, paprika, lemon and olive oil (Amelia Extra Virgin, of course!)… The combination of these 2 Washington Syrahs and the meat made me want to roll around on the table – it was a taste bud extravaganza.

09052007.jpgThe Woodward Canyon started the night off with a bang. It was a big bunch of extremely well-balanced vanilla-dipped dark fruit with a flowery violet edge and a finish that went on for a while. Even the 15.1% booze didn’t overpower the nose or flavour of the wine. I just wish we had more. This is a wine I could drink all the time.

We had visited both of these wineries on our Washington/Oregon wine trip a few months ago and brought these bottles back as part of our trip treasures. I’m surprised they had lasted this long. 🙂

09052007a.jpgThe L’Ecole was a bit of a different beast. On their back label, they say that “the Syrah was harvested ultra-ripe, resulting in a dark, massive and dense wine.” Yep. It had prune and spice on the nose, with cola, cherry and plum flavours making an appearance among the firm-as-steel tannins. It came across as a bit of a brute, though it went bloody well with the lamb.

Of the 2, my pick was the Woodward Canyon. It was just plain sexy and ready to drink now. Grab either of ’em if you can find them and feel like a great bottle of Washington State Syrah (and go grab some lamb to cook up with the wine!).

Price? Dunno – they both run in the $40 USD price range at the wineries.

4 1/2 stars

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