12. Maryhill Winery 2010 Elephant Mountain Vineyards Indira, Rattlesnake Hills, $40
Elephant Mountain Vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills district of the Yakima Valley is perhaps best known for its Syrah, but it also grows other Rhône varieties. This vineyard-designate from Maryhill Winery includes the somewhat rarer Cinsault and Counoise grapes, which are best known for contributing to Chateau de Beaucastel in the southern Rhône. This is a superb red with aromas of dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, boysenberry, lime zest and toffee. On the palate, it reveals flavors that reminded us of a Heath candy bar, slate, coffee and dark fruit. It’s a fascinating wine that reveals layer after layer of complexity.
Production: 94 cases