Winery Link: www.maryhillwinery.com
Maryhill is one of the top wine producers of Washington State when you consider the amount of wine it produces at the quality to price points it charges. While there are going to be better quality wines from ultra-botique producers, few if any can match Maryhill’s quality-to-quantity ratio.
I’m usually more impressed with the Maryhill wines than I am not – namely its Zinfandel has really won me over in a lot. We recently got our hands on a bottle of its 2005 Syrah – this is my first time with a Maryhill Syrah so I was more than curious about tasting it.
Vineyard Sources: 44% Tudor, 29% Gunkel, 19% Baily, 8% Milbrandt
Barrel Specs: 1-3yr mixed French and American Oak for 14-months
Residual Sugar: .13
Cases Made: 1333
Nose: Fresh game, blueberries, blackberries, black and white pepper, leather glove and some stinky sock are all here.
Taste: Good amounts of blueberry, vanilla and pepper – even pick up the leathery notes in it, however, its finish is too hot for my palate.
Not a bad effort on Maryhill’s behalf – in fact, I’m sure it’d smooth out some more if you lay it down for another year or two. It could be a food-friendly wine if you pair it with foods which would help mask the heat a bit – maybe a veal chop or marinated flank steak would be good with it.
The problem for Maryhill and this wine is that there are other Syrah’s in its same price range which I feel deliver a better experience.