REYNVAAN FAMILY “Foothills Reserve” Syrah 2014
(Walla Walla, Washington State) $67
If I had tasted this wine blind, I would have guessed that it was an expensive Côte-Rôtie from the Rhône Valley of France. The wild, surging blackness of it was an invitation into something deeply primordial. But it also swirled with minerals and a salty/peppery texture that was simply and startlingly delicious. It is probably no news that Washington State makes good syrah. But it is news just howincredibly good the state’s syrahs have become.