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2021 NCW Wine Awards | Best of Show/Best Red

Judging for the 2021 North Central Washington Wine Awards competition took place in Wenatchee at the end of May.

Out of 241 entries this year, judges pronounced this wine as the top overall wine.

2021 NCW Wine Awards | Best of Show/Best Red

Burke Vineyard 2015 Syrah

Best of Show, Best Red (Gold Medal)

Burke Vineyard 2015 Syrah, Columbia Valley, $25 (49 cases)

Judges’ notes: Terry Burke and his family’s young project wowed the judging panel with this stunning two-barrel example of Syrah featuring estate grapes from the Royal Slope. In some ways, it’s not a complete surprise because in 2009 a Syrah from this growing region received only Washington state’s fourth 100-point score. This example of Royal Slope Syrah brings pleasing black and blue fruit aromas with sage that carry on through to the palate, featuring blackberry and black cherry with supple tannins and a layered finish with blueberry juice. It topped an impressive field of 21 Syrahs and continued to roll into the sweepstakes where it emerged as the best wine of the judging.

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16236 Road 10 SW, Royal City

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