This is Hogue's second Vineyard Selection Syrah. The variety does extremely well in eastern Washington's arid climate with the Syrah grape expressing the terroir in which it is grown. The resulting wine shows great red fruit and cherry notes with plum and violet background aromas. We've blended in Lemberger, which shares many qualities with Syrah, to the finished wine. The black pepper and spice of the Lemberger combines with the cinnamon from the oak and the clove from the Syrah to add complexity. The spice bouquet adds to the earthy character of the wine. On the palate the wine has a soft viscosity and structure. The silkiness in the mouth makes this Syrah a great food wine. Try it with Mediterranean dishes such as grilled lamb, Moussaka, goat cheese gnocchi, or spicy lasagna.