Dark, briary, and succulent, this wine offers up rich layers of ripe plum, anise, with a hint of smoky bacon fat. All of this loveliness is enveloped in a robe of sweet vanilla oak. The tannins are just shy of strapping; bold enough to get your attention but still allowing for the fruit to take center stage. Drink this wine from 2014-18. Gold Medal: Seattle Wine Awards 2012, Best of Show: Northwest Food & Wine Festival 2012.
AppellationColumbia Valley, Sagemoor & Elephant Mountain Vineyards: Winemaker's Pick Vintage: 2013 Bottling Date: August 3, 2015 Alcohol: 14%
Pairs well with Syrah-braised lamb shoulder, barbecued foods with a smoky char, paella, or sage-crusted pork chops.