Appellation: Yakima Valley
Owen Roe’s work with historic Red Willow Vineyard is following in the footsteps of the late David Lake, who encouraged Mike Sauer to be the first in Washington to plant Syrah in 1986. Three decades later, David O’Reilly continues to pay homage in delicious fashion. Its charming nose and dark complexion of blackberry and blueberry offers verve, lusciousness and pleasing balance. This earned a rating of “Outstanding!” — the equivalent of a gold medal — during Wine Press Northwest magazine’s tasting of 169 versions of Syrah earlier this year. Fortunately, Sauer plans to expand his plantings of Syrah in 2021. O’Reilly recently sold Owen Roe to Vintage Wine Estates, but by all accounts, the brand is in ideal hands with VWE founder/CEO Pat Roney and his team in charge.
Rated “Outstanding” by Wine Press Northwest (14.1% alc.)
Cases produced: 300
Food pairings: Enjoy with ribs, barbecued chicken thighs and wings, braised beef, grilled portabella mushrooms, leg of lamb, roasted ducks, aged hard cheeses or a juicy burger.
Yakima Valley tasting room
309 Gangl Road
Wapato, WA 98951
The Owen Roe tasting room is closed during the pandemic, but curbside pickup is scheduled for early June and shipping to 45 states is available. Owen Roe also is staging occasional virtual tastings with its winemakers via Instagram.
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