“Occasion: I’ve been hankering to try wines from southern Oregon for a good while now, and the 2006 Cliff Creek Southern Oregon Syrah ($25) only heightened that desire. Dark and meaty but beautifully balanced, this is the kind of wine that could kick-start a long-overdue syrah movement on these shores. The fruit is ripe but not too, the midpalate hearty and smooth, the finish elegant and almost boundless. Like the best syrahs from any continent, it almost cries out for lamb, including a longtime favorite, this classic treatment of a leg (a k a gam of lamb).”
Bill Ward is a James Beard Award winning wine writer who writes the column “Liquid Assets” for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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