Washington Syrah is something special. A unique blend of dark, vibrant fruit and savory, meaty character, it manages to walk the proverbial Washington line between the mineral depth of France and the bold fruited Californian examples. Boushey Vineyard is among the oldest Syrah plantings in the state, and undoubtedly one of its most iconic. Higher than almost any other Syrah site in Yakima Valley, it’s wild, seductive and fresh, showing why many winemakers view Syrah as Washington’s crown jewel.
The 2017 Boushey Vineyard is a lovely bright purple in the glass. The aromas are elegant and deep: sweet blackberries surround spice, sandalwood and incense. On the palate, lovely silky tannins and rich texture are revealed, with powerful fruit, blackberry bramble and dark chocolate. Yet, it isn’t heavy, jammy or overwrought. It finishes spicy and savory, with black olive tapenade and dried crushed spices leaving a lasting impression.