Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Syrah 1998
This wine is intensely concentrated with aromas of raspberry, tart cherry and plum and accented with hints of anise, clove and white chocolate. Wonderful crisp acidity and moderate tannins give this Syrah its silky mouth feel and lengthy finish.
About the Region
This large viticultural area, covering about 11 million acres with some 17,000 acres of vines, extends over a large part of central and southern Washington (and over the border slightly into Oregon). It lies at the same latitude as Bordeaux and Burgundy, with numerous soil types and microclimates, and grows all the usual suspects, with cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux grapes and, more surprisingly, the red Rhône varieties, doing particularly well.