2014 Baby Bear Syrah

Wine colour
USA > Washington > Columbia Valley
Pursued by Bear
Tasting Notes:

Since the start of the winemaking project, Kyle MacLachan had looked to add a 100% Syrah to the portfolio and the first vintage of Baby Bear coincided with the birth of his son, hence the slightly unusual name. Make no mistakes, this is not a `baby` wine nor a second wine as one may expect with the name. Intensely rich with a touch of eucalyptic, a distinct floral (potpourri) note on the nose and palate and a sprinkle of black pepper giving Syrah typicity. Despite its volupteous fruit, there is plenty of fresh acidity to balance The very fine tannic structure is flawless and though ready to drink now with its bold flavours, it would be fun to see how it develops in the cellar. Until recently I thought of Washington reds as being Cabernet Dominated, but the rise of Syrah makes perfect sense. The long, hot summers of Eastern Washington is well suited to Syrah and wines like this showcase just how good Washington Syrah can be. A tiny annual production of around 300-400 cases