Appellation: Lake Chelan
Cornell grad Craig Mitrakul, who began making wine in the Pacific Northwest at Ponzi Vineyards, crafted this Syrah done in methode champenoise from the Pittsingers estate on the south shore of Lake Chelan. Aged the lees for 14 months, it begins with delicate aromas of strawberry and dried cherry with notes of toast and yeastiness. The mousse is frothy, making it fun to access flavors that hint at raspberry, pie cherry and early season strawberry. The bright midpalate acidity and bit of tannin contribute to the mouthwatering, Rainier cherry finish. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (12.7 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 262
Food pairings: Enjoy this with a wide range of cuisine, including sushi, crab salad, Thai dishes, baked oysters or a beautiful cheese plate.
Karma Vineyards, 1681 S. Lakeshore Road, Chelan, 509-682-5538, www.goodkarmawines.com