Every month I write for a Brazilian Association of Wineblogs (more like a brotherhood) called CBE. This month we had to taste a wine made from Shiraz/Syrah grapes from any country, up to $50.
I was travelling to the US and bought this Brigdman Syrah 2011 at Total Wine for $ 13,99. It is a wine from Washington State, and was highly recommended by the salesman to represent this region.
Washington State (not to be mistaken for Washington DC) is located on the West Coast of the USA, just above Oregon and Seatlle is the main city. The most famous wine region is Yakima Valley (part of greater Columbia Valley), located on the same parallel as the famous region of Bordeaux, France.
Despite the cold weather, Yakima is a desert region with lots of sunlight, allowing the grapes to mature properly. This region’s terroir benefits also from the large swing between daytime and nighttime temperatures, producing crisp/fresh wines.
The wine: the color is purple and intense, suggesting a full bodied wine. Spice aromas, black fruit, herbal and definitely black pepper! On the palate, more pepper and that typical Syrah character: full body with lots of fruit. A wine with powerful tannins, but ready to drink.
Personally, I found it very different from all Australian Shiraz I drank, which tasted more ripe fruits and resembled jam. This Syrah, on the other hand, is discrete, but a good buy! Cheers!