By Kori ~ December 9th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah from the Columbia Valley of Washington State.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Chateau Ste. Michelle is Washington Stateâ€™s founding winery with its roots dating back to the repeal of Prohibition. In 1976, Ste. Michelle built a French-style chateau in Woodinville, just northeast of Seattle. The fruit for this Syrah was sourced from Columbia Valley and Yakima Valley vineyards. The 2007 vintage was the first time that the Columbia Valley Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier.
â€œThe Columbia Valley Syrah is a soft, ripe Syrah with ripe berry fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla and brown sugar spice. The 2007 Syrah was co-fermented with Viognier for an even more accessible and fruit forward style of Syrah. This is an enjoyable, easy-to-drink red.â€ â€“Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle Syrah (Columbia Valley, Washington): 95% Syrah, 4% Viognier, and 1% Grenache. Deep, dark purplish red in color. Very aromatic with earth, black fruit, and barnyard aromas on the nose. Red and black fruit, especially plum and blackberry, and a hint of chocolate come through on the palate. Medium to full-bodied with lively acidity, medium tannins, and a medium to long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $13; Available elsewhere, $9 to $11
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, Red Wine, Shiraz/Syrah, Washington State Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25