Our panel tasted Ed Fus’ latest Primitivo within a flight that also represented California’s Dry Creek Valley and this stood out. One reason is that while it is not a vineyard-designated wine, the entire lot came off renowned StoneTree Vineyard on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. The harvest of Oct. 8 gave Fus the ability to produce gorgeous aromas of black cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate. On the palate, it shows elegance and richness with Bing cherries and dried strawberry amid refined chocolaty tannins. Accents of minerality and a pinch of black pepper extend the finish. This Carlton, Ore., winery has distribution in Washington, Oregon and Massachusetts.
Production: 350 cases