Production of this Italian-themed blend was ramped up by 50 percent from the cool 2010 vintage, and there’s more support provided by Zinfandel (25%) than previously. Still, Primitivo (42%) and Petite Sirah (33%) lead the way, and Oregon winemaker Ed Fus uses lots from three Washington vineyards with a view of the Columbia River — Alder Ridge, Avery and StoneTree — for an exotic, thickly textured and hedonistic drink. The nose brings hints of red cherry, sandalwood, clove, black pepper and Italian seasoning herb blend. Juicy cherries, plum, boysenberry and ripe pomegranate flavors are met by smooth tannins and a hint of charcoal. This wine, released in January, is distributed throughout the Northwest, including Alaska, as well as Florida and Massachusetts.
Production: 300 cases