Appellation: Wahluke Slope, $35
Doug and Jo Ann Fries founded and own this Dundee, Ore., winery, but they spend part of their summers living near their 480-acre estate vineyard on Washingtons Wahluke Slope, a warm region known to produce some of the Northwests most stunning Syrah. Alluring aromas feature black plum jam on toast, dark chocolate, forest floor, horehound and mincemeat pie spice. The drink is plummy, meaty and minty amid moderate tannins. Its backed by dark chocolate and boysenberry acidity, a sign of the Barbera (3 percent). Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (14.5 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 203
Food pairing: Pulled pork, duck confit or elk.
Duck Pond Cellars, 23145 Highway 99W, Dundee, Ore., 503-538-3199, www.duckpondcellars.com.