Brent and Sarah Goedhart produce a single wine under their own family label, but what a wine it is ! This dark and deep syrah shows an intensity and complexity that can rival the best of the northern Rhône: I first tasted it side-by-side with a René Rostaing 2006 Côte-Rôtie, and the Goedhart syrah was more than up for the challenge. On the nose, black olive, dark red fruit and spices go hand-in-hand with light touches of forest floor and licorice, all jostling for position in a surprisingly refreshing mouthfeel that slowly heads off towards a spicy, peppery finish. It’s a wine that makes you keep putting your nose back into the glass to get another whiff of this seductive array of aromas. If there was ever a cuvée to demonstrate that great wines with definite terroir character and personality – and not just gobs of ripe fruit – can come from carefully irrigated vineyards (a must in Red Mountain AVA, where rainfall is an average 6 inches per year), this would be it.

WHO: Goedhart Family
WHAT: Syrah
WHERE: Red Mountain, Washington
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $50

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Remy Charest

Rémy Charest is a Quebec City based journalist, writer, and translator. He has been writing about wine and food for over 12 years in various magazines and newspapers. He writes two wine blogs (The Wine Case, in English, and À chacun sa bouteille, in French) and, as if he didn’t have enough things to do, he also started a food blog in English, The Food Case, and one in French, À chacun sa fourchette.