Wine Review: 2009 Mackey Walla Walla Syrah

Wine Review: 2009 Mackey Walla Walla Syrah

Mackey Walla Walla Syrah: Damn this wine made me slap happy, the kind with a big’ol side to side grin. Then I came to my senses and realized it is time to recognize Mackey Vineyards rocks the Walla Walla Syrah. This is very, very tasty wine. This Syrah is only the second vintage for the brothers Mackey and quite an impressive effort it is.

Juicy berry and stone fruit aromas start the aroma regatta. A whiff of smoke and a hint of vanilla come next. The slightly earthy (barnyardy) nuance on the end of the nose and in the finish is straight up old school gangster! This wine is fresh and way up in your face. Solid satisfying flavor cascades across the palate like the Columbia River flowing over the Ceilo Falls.

Generous and giving this elixir flows to the depth of sensory pleasure offering tasteful, pleasing flavors and textures along its course. The wide spectrum of sweet and savory flavors weaving with silky textures and fine tannins make this wine an attractive package worth seeking out. The wine is drinking well now, but the structure and style suggest longevity. As with most well-made Syrah wines, pairings are broad. Just shy away from delicate flavors or bright citrusy foods. Treat yourself to a present or present someone a wonderful gift, but buy it quick. It will not be available much longer.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $32 | 14.4% ABV

Mackey Walla Walla Syrah


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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