Charlie Hoppes has been working with these grapes for years, and he’s delivered yet another marvelous red wine for the Gamache brothers to pour in their Prosser, Wash., tasting room. The barrel program of 46% new American oak and 40% new French oak creates aromas of toffee, black cherry and blueberry with accents of Graber olive, dried herbs, grilled meat and minerality. Inside, the flavors focus on plums, huckleberry and chocolate. Its fine-grained tannin structure is akin to boysenberry seed, and there’s a hint of green pepper in the finish. Gonzo acidity makes for a long and juicy finish, and it also will give it plenty of cellaring power. Enjoy with beef or lamb in the meantime.
Production: 728 cases
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