10. Forsyth Brio 2006 McKinley Springs Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills, $50
For years, David Forsyth has enjoyed sourcing the Horse Heaven Hills to create some of Washington’s best Cabernet Sauvignon for Hogue Cellars and Mercer Estates. This bottling marks the debut of his own boutique label, and he’s served up a properly aged red wine for his devotees. There’s a tiny tinge of brick to the color, followed by attractive and mature aromas of cordial cherry, cocoa powder, graphite, lightly roasted coffee, black pepper, vanilla and a whiff of bacon. The delicious and creamy drink shows refinement with milk chocolate and Chukar Cherry, backed by blackberry and cola, then finished with black licorice and cedar as the tannins have been melted by time yet remain in focus by ample acidity. If you want to show off a beautifully aged Washington Cab, here’s Grace Kelly in bottle.
Production: 53 cases