I recently read that Whitman Cellars, of Walla Walla, closed their doors after 13 years of wine making. So last night I decided to pull a bottle of the Whitman 2002 Syrah, from our cellar, and bid farewell to a winery I always respected. The wine has a deep ruby-red color and is nearly opaque. The nose is packed with black fruit, smoke, mineral, cedar, blueberry and blackberry. The palate is very rich and ripe with wonderful flavors of ripe black fruit, espresso, spice, vanilla and mocha commingle to create a luscious and balanced wine. The powerful dark fruit flavors are firmed by solid tannins and lifted by gentle minerality and acidity. It has plenty of complexity and structure and is still fresh and lively. This is a solid effort from a winery that is now a part of Washington State's wine making history. So long Whitman Cellars!