O•S Winery 16th Street Bridge 2011 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $15
Best Buy! The Seattle Urban Wineries are at 20 and counting, and founding member O•S Winery continues to be a leader for approachable, food-friendly offerings. Rob Sullivan and his daughter, Peggy, recently launched this label as a tribute to the historic South Park Bridge that was closed for several years and choked traffic near Boeing Field before it reopened in the summer of 2014. This release is devoted to Cabernet Franc (79%) and supported by Cabernet Sauvignon (11%) and Merlot from acclaimed vineyards such as Champoux, Elephant Mountain, Sheridan and Two Blondes. Cab Francophiles will embrace this for its aromas and flavors of Bing cherry, red currant, bell pepper, oregano and thyme. It carries a lighter body with graphite-like tannin and violets in the finish, and the responsible profile of lower alcohol lends this to suggested servings with Italian-themed pastas, Cajun dishes, grilled chicken, roasted pork and white cheeses. The wine is available at their new tasting room in nearby Georgetown as well as Esquin Wine & Spirits.
Production: 960 cases