Lab dinner at Rooney's: This was a smooth, flavorful bottle of Syrah. Bordering on flabby, but with rich fruit and a tinge of gamy character. Decent balance. Not a style of wine I particularly love, but clearly well made and was enjoyed quite a bit by many at the table.
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(Owen Roe Ex Umbris Columbia Valley) Aromas of raspberries, plums, and light chocolate. Palate has seamless, fresh, pure fruit flavors with great depth and intensity with a lick of cranberry. Alcohol shows through at times. 100% Syrah. Erickson Road (Columbia Valley), Six Prong, Lewis Vineyard, Outlook, Slide Mountain, Red Willow, and Union Gap vineyards. Aged 16 months in French oak (10% new). 14.8% alcohol. 4,862 cases produced.
(Owen Roe Syrah Ex Umbris) Dark purple red violet color; intense berry, blackberry, dark chocolate nose; tight, tart berry, blackberry, black fruit palate, a little hot; needs 2 years; medium-plus finish
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