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Brian Carter Cellars 2015 Abracadabra Red, Columbia Valley, $25
The master of the blends is at it again as Brian Carter’s Abracadabra Red casts its spell by dazzling the palate with blackberry and spice, supported by a backbone of oak. A harmonious blend of fruit, floral and oak, this signals a treat for all wine lovers. In some vintages, Merlot forms the base, but in this case, it was huzzah for the Syrah. And yet, the popularity of this wide-ranging blend prompts Carter, managing partner Mike Stevens and assistant winemaker Robert Takahashi to devote about 15 percent of their total production to this fan-favorite, and the bottles seem to disappear from their Woodinville tasting room. This earned a gold medal and best of class among Syrah-based blends at the 2018 Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Production: 1,000 cases