Gamache Vintners 2004 Estate Syrah is deep ruby colored wine, produced with grapes from Washington’s Columbia Valley. When we first opened the wine bottle on Friday night, I initially sensed spice on the nose with blackberry on the palate. The tannins are approachable, and the wine opens up with smoky notes.

I paired this wine with Sloppy Joes. The base for the dish was ground turkey seasoned with Chef Wayne Johnson’s Moruno Rub which combines spices such as cayenne, garlic, chili powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper. I also added sauteed onions and red peppers to the pot. Unfortunately, I got too much caramelization on those veggies, making them a little too sweet for the wine. Roasted tomatoes helped counter the sweetness a bit. Overall, I’d have to say it was a neutral pairing, and I’d prepare the dish differently next time. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the wine!

The next day, I was surprised how pronounced the fruit in this Washington Syrah had become. I got a big burst of blackberry on the nose, while Vivian and Ed sensed raspberry. It’s amazing the way wine continually transforms itself!

We picked up this vintage at the Gamache Vintners‘ tasting room in the fall of 2008. Currently the winery is selling the 2005 vintage for $28 a bottle.