Wine of the Week

Williamson Vineyards 2016 Reserve Syrah

Appellation: Snake River Valley

One of the Pacific Northwest wine industry’s top tandems is winemaker Greg Koenig working with grapes grown in Idaho’s Sunnyslope Wine District by the Williamson family. Increased interest in Syrah among consumers prompted the Williamsons to launch a reserve program with this 2016 vintage, and Koenig didn’t make any of his cuts until after the Syrah spent a year in neutral oak. Then the best juice spent 12 months in four new barrels. The combination creates a profile of plum, blackberry and roasted coffee as touches of caramel, pomegranate and wet stone make for nice intensity. It ranked near the top of a field of 169 entries in the Northwest judging of Syrah staged in January by Wine Press Northwest.

Rated “Unanimously Outstanding!” by Wine Press Northwest. (14.5% alc.)

Price: $40

Cases produced: 102

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Food pairings: Suggestions include pork, lamb, Gouda cheese or pasta dishes with a heavy red sauce.

Williamson Vineyards

14807 Sunnyslope Road

Caldwell, ID 83607

(208) 459-7333

The Williamson family re-opened its tasting room May 16 after receiving approval from the state as part of Phase II of Idaho Rebound from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Williamsons offer socially distant wine tasting and flights in the tasting room, on the patio and across its lawn. Reservations are strongly recommended. The family also is staging virtual happy hour events Thursdays on Facebook.

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