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Cowhorn 2013 Reserve Syrah, 92 Points, $75
Black as coal, with a heavy, smoky, meaty nose, this is one of a growing number of excellent biodynamic Syrahs from Oregon. It marries tangy acids to chewy red and blue fruits, with streaks of coffee liqueur and caramel latté. Half was whole-cluster fermented, and it all spent time in 50% new French oak.
Cowhorn 2015 Reserve Viognier, 93 Points, $50, SOLD OUT
These biodynamic grapes, fermented with native yeasts, spent three months in 40% new French oak. It’s built like a precision watch, ticking off complete and balanced varietal flavors of citrus rind and juice, with light touches of fresh herb, lemon verbena and a delicate hint of vanilla.
Cowhorn 2016 Spiral 36, 92 Points and Editor’s Choice, $28
This is a co-ferment (with native yeast) of 45% Viognier, 30% Marsanne and 25% Roussanne. Exceptional details and mouth-pleasing textures lend extra pleasure throughout this Rhône white blend. Green melon, cucumber and tart tropical fruits carry the succulent and refreshing palate on through a deep dive into an immaculate finish.
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