A Match Made in Washington

Ah, springtime. All this “coming in like a lion, going out like a lamb” business has us thinking dinner.

Morels in the Palazzo recently welcomed Bergevin Lane Vineyards co-owner Amber Lane, who, along with Annette Bergevin and winemaker Steffan Jorgensen, is putting out some very sound Washington state wines.

During the Meet the Winemaker event last month, Lane tasted guests on her limited release 2006 Oui Deux syrah and 2008 cabernet sauvignon. Both hail from the Columbia Valley and both impressed, but the syrah stands out right now as ideal for springtime pairing.

“The Colorado rack of lamb would be a perfect pairing with the syrah,” Morels sommelier and wine director Alexandre Brard says. “The spiciness of the syrah would support the rich flavor of the lamb. Because the dish is so flavorful and spicy, it needs a spicy wine to complement the richness of flavors.”

Bergevin Lane Vineyards’ home in Walla Walla, Wash., shares the same latitude as Bordeaux, France, as well as that area’s long, hot sunny days and cool nights. The grapes are handpicked and sourced from approximately eight vineyards within the Walla Walla and Columbia Valleys including the Stone Tree Vineyards in the Wahluke Slope, where this wine’s 95 percent syrah comes from. It is co-fermented with 5 percent viognier from Francisca’s Vineyard in Walla Walla, and aged 14 months in oak.

At first floral and citrusy, the wine goes on to show aromas of dark berries, white pepper and hints of tobacco—elegant and graceful. Just 218 cases were produced, so you know what you must do.