Wine lovers who visit the farmers market in Prosser, Wash., undoubtedly know Gordon Taylor and his Australian Outback hat. He continuously creates wines of distinction at his efficient facility on the northern slope of the Horse Heaven Hills overlooking the Yakima River. And this is yet another. Using fourth-leaf fruit from Double Canyon Vineyard, he’s turned what is typically a blending Bordeaux variety into an intense bottling on its own. The nose is rich and inviting with blackberry and black cherry with dark chocolate and toast. It’s a mouthfilling experience that begins with more blackberry and picks up notes of plum, dried strawberry, black olive, teriyaki sauce, vanilla and Aussie black licorice. There’s good richness from beginning to end as the fruit keeps pushing alongside the ageworthy tannins. Suggested pairings include fava beans, Quiche Lorraine and spanakopita.
Production: 113 cases