Spring Valley Vineyard Nina Lee Syrah Walla Walla Valley
(2009 Vintage) Blueberry, licorice and violet on the nose. Dense, sweet and concentrated, with generous dark berry, pepper and saline flavors given shape and clarity by ripe acidity. Plenty of extract here.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesIt is ripeness rather than keen Syrah fruit that sets the course of this very dense, full-bodied working, and, while it is lightly seasoned with peppery spice, it smacks a little too much of milk chocolate. Its initial tilt to softness is checked by tannin and tense acids, and, in the end, its truncating mix of astringency and palpable heat costs it any chance at unqualified recommendation.