Cost: $27.95
Grape Variety: Syrah
Category: Red Wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State
Format: 750 mL
Producer: McKinley Springs
Alcohol: 14.9% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Opaque in colour with medium+ intense nose

Positives: Simply delicious, one of my favourite Syrah’s in a long time. A complex wine featuring cedar, sizzling bacon, boysenberry, ripe tamarinds, cinnamon, sage, oregano, anise, dark cherry, dark chocolates, prunes, arugula and lots of peppers and peppercorn. Full body with medium to medium+ tannins, good acidity and a long length.

Negatives: A touch hot due to the 14.9% alcohol

Interesting Notes: “The fancifully named Horse Heaven Hills appellation is a wild, barren, arid and windy region on the north bank of the Columbia River. McKinley Springs opened in 2002, but the vineyards were planted in the early eighties.” David Lawrason

Drink now or over the next 5 years and pair it with Brisket.

Tasted: 2 Mar 13

Top Pick

Score: 9.5/10, Value: 9.5/10 Total: 19/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5+

LCBO: 199794