Wine of the Week

Kontos Cellars 2016 Les Collines Vineyard Tate Syrah

Appellation: Walla Walla Valley

Walla Walla native Cameron Kontos didn’t stray far from home — the foothills of the Blue Mountains — for this stunning example of Syrah that topped the field of 169 submissions for the tasting staged in January by Wine Press Northwest. Les Collines, a French phrase that means “the foothills,” ranks as one of the cooler sites in the Walla Walla Valley, and Kontos employed a fermentation of 75% whole cluster to achieve remarkable results for this wine named for a niece. Aromas of blackberry, anise and dried herbs lead to a complex, approachable yet age-worthy example of Syrah that shows remarkable extraction and an abundance of blueberry and blackberry flavors.

Rated “Unanimously Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (14.7% alc.)

Price: $63

Cases produced: 96

Food pairings: Enjoy with lamb, duck, braised meats, hard cheeses and anything off the grill, including ribs and burgers.

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Jones Building tasting room

10 N. Second Ave.

Walla Walla, WA 99362

(509) 204-2141

The Kontos family offers curbside pickup during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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