Over the weekend Paul Gregutt put a post on his blog (which if you are not reading you should be) about why Washington syrah doesn't sell particularly well. One of the reasons, which I agree with, is that there are not very many good Washington syrahs in the value category. There are many exceptional wines at $30 and over but not many for less than that as far as I have seen.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to prove this hypothesis wrong. So...
1. Tell me what you think are good Washington syrahs that are $15 and under. I will start the bidding with:
- Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah 2007 $15
- Wines of Substance Syrah $14 2007
2. Tell me what you think are good Washington syrahs that are $30 and under. Here I will spot you (the list is obviously bigger but so is the price point):
- Amavi Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2006
- Five Star Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley (any year) $30
- Isenhower Cellars Wild Alfalfa Syrah 2007 Columbia Valley $24
- Isenhower Cellars River Beauty Syrah 2006 $24
- K Vintners Syrah Milbrandt Vineyard 2006
- K Vintners Syrah Motor City Kitty 2006
- Lantz Cellars Syrah Rattlesnake Hills 2007 $27
- Lantz Cellars Syrah Yakima Valley $28
- Owen Roe Ex Umbris (any year) $24
- Rulo Syrah $20 (haven't checked out the most recent vintage but have never been disappointed)
- Trust Cellars Syrah Walla Walla Valley 2007 $28
- Walter Dacon Syrah Columbia Valley C'est Syrah Belle 2006 $30
3. Give data that Washington syrah does sell particularly well just to throw the whole thing out the window
4. Give data that there are not quality syrahs at this price point outside of Washington either
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