I had the good luck to receive a bottle of this to try! I had the bad luck to get a bad bottle, however. So, spoiler alert...I don't have good tasting notes.
Was really a shame, because Washington Syrahs are one of my very favorites. I even opened up a Gilbert (recent woot purchase) to compare side by side and have a little Yakima show-down.
Wine has a classic Syrah color...deep and purple-y. Totally clear with zero sediment.
Aroma was promising...I got notes of leather and sandalwood. My tasting partner described it as leather and tobacco.
Then we tasted it.
SO bitter. Not like, "this is a little on the bitter side," but like, "something is horribly wrong with this wine." It was overpoweringly bitter on initial taste, after a 3 hour decant, and 3 days later in the shouldered bottle. It masked the other flavors, although there were some promising Syrah flavors back there (jams, a little smokey bacon, a bit of a buttery note up front). Short finish, but with this faulty taste that was really a relief.
So, long story short, I discussed it with Neil and I have to assume something went very awry with my bottle. When it arrived it was cool to the touch and the cork was in perfect condition (in fact, only wine colored on the flat bottom of the cork in this young wine). However, the bitter thing wasn't his experience at all, so I must have gotten a bad bottle.
Bummer. I'm very sorry I couldn't provide good tasting notes.