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Truth Teller Winery 2015 Satire Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $25
Chris Loeliger’s latest Right Bank-inspired blend leans heavily on Red Mountain – a sub-AVA within the Yakima Valley American Viticultural Area – with grapes from such as the Williams family’s Heart of the Hill and Kiona vineyards as well as Monte Scarlatto. Joe Hattrup’s acclaimed Elephant Mountain planting in the Rattlesnake Hills contributes, too. It’s a blend of Merlot (41%), Cabernet Franc (27%), Cabernet Sauvignon (14%), Malbec (13%) and Petit Verdot that offers aromas of Marionberry pie and pie cherries with California red peppercorn and tobacco. Cherries dominate the flavors with show nice balance of medium tannins and bright acidity, making for a long and juicy finish that bodes well for cellaring, although it earned a gold medal at the 2018 SavorNW Wine Awards on Cannon Beach.
Production: 150 cases