The Wahluke Slope helps produce some of Washington’s most plush and jammy reds, and Bob Bertheau pulls heavily from the region — which includes his company’s Indian Wells Vineyard — for most of the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Syrah (10%). The nose hints at plums on parchment paper, dried cherry, blackberry, allspice, cinnamon and herbs de Provence. It’s indeed a Syrah-lover’s Cab as it continues the theme of ripe purple fruit flavors, backed by more herbs on the midpalate. The structure is balanced and understated as juicy boysenberry acidity hangs in the finish. Suggested pairings include duck, lamb, veal, stuffed peppers and dark chocolate.
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