Corliss Estates

Syrah 2013
Walla Walla, Washington, $74.99

"(includes a substantial percentage of late-ripening Stillwater vineyard fruit from fractured-basalt soil on the Royal Slope; vinified with a small percentage of whole clusters): Bright ruby-red. Perfumed scents of blackberry, licorice, garrigue and crushed-rock minerality, plus a peachy suggestion that's probably from the wine's small Viognier component. At once compellingly silky and extremely primary, offering superb delineation and inner-mouth tension to its juicy dark fruit and licorice flavors accented by black pepper. The growing utilization of concrete fermenters has no doubt contributed to the wine's freshness and focus. Finishes with substantial tannins, slowly mounting length and outstanding juicy grip. This very impressive young Syrah may well age like the estate's Cabernet." - Vinous


"The 2013 Columbia Valley Syrah looks to be gorgeous! Blackberries, licorice, hints of asphalt and roasted meats all give way to a full-bodied, concentrated and layered beauty. With sensational polish, fine tannin and no hard edges, it shows the house style and doesn't pull its punches, yet it's already almost impossible to resist. Drink it over the coming decade." - 231, The Wine Advocate