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2012 Reininger Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French) "Helix"

Winery: Reininger

Vintage: 2012

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Helix"

Wine Category: Syrah & Shiraz (Other than French)

Grape blend: 100% Syrah

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $29

Cases produced: 807

KWG Score: 90 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: January 19, 2017

Wine Review: This very dark ruby colored Syrah from Washington State reminded the Panel of a Pinot Noir. It opens with a red currant and plum bouquet with hints of blueberry and black cherry. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is a mineral influenced red currant with hints of red plum, chocolate and strawberry. The finish is dry and its flavors linger nicely. The Panel suggested serving this wine with rosemary seasoned pork chops. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Our 2012 Helix Syrah, with its rich garnet color, brings forth its Northern Rhone character, displaying aromas of light smoky gaminess, violets, attar, and a trace of lavender, baked blueberries and white pepper. The Syrah rushes the entrance with black olive, blueberry, baked fig and plum, and mildly scours the palate with fine grain tannins, a scratch of pepper with smear of boysenberry. Pairs wonderfully with grilled lamb or your meanest barbeque.

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Helix 2012 Syrah.

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