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While much of Oregon is too cool to grow
grapes like Syrah, the Rogue Valley, where
this Syrah comes from, is ideal for them.
What You Need To Know
Lee and Cookie Traynham diversified
from raising cattle into raising grapes when they purchased a vast
tract of farmland in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley in 1997.
The California cattle ranchers converted a huge pear orchard
into a vineyard, and, when their grapes kept getting snapped up by
well-regarded labels, they converted a former orchard packing
house into a winery. French-born winemaker Jean-Michel
Jussiaume comes from a family of vintners in Muscadet, a coastal
region in the Loire Valley that’s France’s epicenter of crisp, zesty
white wines. It’s no surprise then that this Syrah offers plenty of
buoyant freshness in addition to plummy fruit. Fewer than 650
cases were produced.
Floral notes and
fresh blueberry and
Vibrant, pure blackberry
flavors with a savory edge.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool
to the touch.
Lamb in almost any