Lake Chelan Winery Rivers Bend Vineyard Syrah 2008
Centered on Lake Chelan in north central Washington, only about one percent of the region’s total area is planted to vine. The lake is large enough to moderate the weather patterns for its surrounding vineyards; the region supports a large variety of grape varieties.
Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”