Wine of the Week

Armstrong Family Winery 2016 The Scotsman Syrah

Appellation: Columbia Valley

The early days of Tim Armstrong’s courtship of his wife, Jennifer, included a Midwest canoe trip and a bottle of wine. Their prized source for the 2016 Scotsman Syrah is rising star Discovery Vineyard — a Horse Heaven Hills site just downstream from Canoe Ridge. In 2005, the May family established Discovery Vineyard overlooking both the Columbia River and Crow Butte Park, and customers for their grapes continue to reap gold medals. This Syrah presents rich aromas of dark berries, smooth chocolate and hints of mint tea. On the palate, there are elements of blackberry jam, Craisins, black olive and dried herbs, a combination that is waiting for a hunk of braised beef. It earned the best-of-class award for the Syrah category on its way to Best Red and Best of Show at the eighth annual Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition, staged last week at the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore. The judging is conducted on behalf of sommeliers and wine buyers in the Northwest.

Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine (14.8% alc.)

Price: $38

Cases produced: 190

Food pairings: The Armstrongs suggest serving this Syrah with lamb, grilled meats, barbecued fare or a burger with blue cheese.

The Armstrongs operate tasting rooms - open by appointment - on both sides of the Cascades.

19151 144th Ave. NE, Suite I

Woodinville, WA 98072

(425) 487-8000

14 W. Main St.

Walla Walla, WA, 99362

(509) 524-8494

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