Best Buy! Seattle-based Precept Wine developed this brand to appeal to fans of red and white wines from vineyards in Washington and Idaho, and the launch was timed to coincide with the Chinese celebration for The Year of the Horse. Hal Landvoigt’s work with six Washington vineyards — including acclaimed Wallula in the Horse Heaven Hills — presents a lighter-styled Cab that can serve as an introductory red wine. The nose of cherry juice and huckleberry picks up hints of oak from chocolate syrup, vanilla cream and blackstrap molasses. Inside is a rich and delicious presentation of sweet blackberry and plum with mild tannins and a stretch of red currant acidity for balance, all of which make this a quaffer.
Production: 6,000 cases