Today's must-try libation from our booze columnist Zach Geballe.
Washington Syrah can be truly spectacular, when handled well. It can also be a massive fruit bomb with little definition, if handled improperly. The 2007 version from Basel Cellars walked kind of a fine line: tons of rich blackberry fruit, but with just enough earthiness and acidity to keep it from getting out of hand. It made for a nice “last bottle,” after dinner was over but none of us wanted to stop drinking wine. The bold flavors and balance really shone in that setting, and at 14.5% alcohol it’s not quite the monster that some Washington Syrahs can be.
Zach Geballe does a lot of drinking. When he’s not working at The Dahlia Lounge or for his business Vine Trainings, he’s studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers Exam. His weekly column here at Seattle Weekly, The Bar Code, endeavors to inspire, educate and sometimes poke fun at all things beer, wine and spirits related.