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A Wine to Try: 2008 Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden Syrah 74 ‘Applegate Valley’

The 2008 Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden Syrah 74 'Applegate Valley' goes with brisket, coq au vin, beans with lamb shank. (MCT)

The 2008 Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden Syrah 74 'Applegate Valley' goes with brisket, coq au vin, beans with lamb shank. (MCT) Purchase photo reprints »

A WINE TO TRY

2008 Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden Syrah 74 ‘Applegate Valley’

Applegate Valley, Oregon

$21 to $34

Rich and balanced

Goes with: Brisket, coq au vin, beans with lamb shank

Syrah doesn’t exactly leap to mind when thinking about Oregon reds. But here’s a wonderful example from the tiny Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden in Applegate Valley (that’s in southern Oregon). One sip and I was ready to buy a case. Why? Because it’s tremendously food-friendly, not overly extracted, a Syrah that’s graceful and poised, bright with flavors of cherry and cassis and sporting a snazzy bit of acidity. Oh, I should mention the vineyard is biodynamic, the garden where they grow produce for restaurants is too. And if you can’t find the 2008, the 2009 should soon be arriving on the scene. Keep an eye out for their Marsanne-Roussanne as well.

— S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times

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