Columbia Basin vintner Kyra Baerlocher marks the launch of a label, named for her great-grandmother, that will focus on blends from her estate vineyards on the Wahluke Slope — Pheasant and Purple Sage. The debut vintage is Merlot (33%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Petit Verdot (20%), Malbec (14%) and Sangiovese (13%). Her use of French, American and Hungarian oak shows in the nose of espresso, cocoa powder, ground savory and brown sugar with sweet cherry notes. The influence of the Italian grape shows in the acidity that penetrates the juicy drink of plum and blueberry, backed by subtle tannins. The wines are distributed throughout Washington and Oregon.
Production: 350 cases