For decades, Prosser’s Wade Wolfe has been a great resource for winemaking and viticulture in Washington, and he may also be the state’s top source for fortified wines. He produces five styles, but he doesn’t create a Port-style from Zinfandel every vintage. This small lot was harvested from Zephyr Ridge — which he helped plant — in the Horse Heaven Hills late September at 28 brix, then matured in barrel for 26 months. The charming nose of strawberry jam, raspberry pie, cherry, dark chocolate and violets leads to lip-licking flavors that continue with chocolate, strawberry and raspberry. There’s richness on the midpalate, pleasing acidity and almost no hint of the brandy used to halt fermentation.
Production: 50 cases