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Barili Cellars 2016 Red’Ass Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $20
We’re not certain what the folks at Barili Cellars in Spokane had in mind beyond a ribald pun when they named their Malbec-focused red blend Red’Ass Red. But they produced an expressive wine with nice oak aromas, blackberry, blueberry and plum flavors and ultra-smooth tannins, a surprise considering its hefty slug of Merlot and youth. It’s fine for sipping, and maybe even finer with grilled pork or lamb. This won a gold medal at the sixth annual Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Production: 75 cases