The 2007 Cayuse En Cerise Walla Walla Valley Syrah received some of the best (across the board) acclaim of any Washington State Syrah my lips were ever lucky enough to try. Its distribution is very limited, so I had to rely on one very good friend, who is on their mailing list.
Paired with some specially prepared fried cajun birthday oysters, the smokiness and spicy nature of the Cayuse was a dream date. Lots of rugged old-world flavors persist throughout this wine, including olives, anise and roasted wild game. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but your birthday is well worth the extra coin.