Best Buy! Richard Batchelor has his signature on the label of this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc that accounts for more than half of the annual production at this showpiece gateway to the Columbia Gorge. Aromas of black cherry, cocoa powder, moist earth, sagebrush and sea breeze carry into delicious flavors of black currant, black cherry, Red Delicious apple peel and black licorice, all framed by easy tannins and ample acidity. It’s widely available — including via Amazon — and priced for everyday enjoyment, so it’s understandable that suggested pairings range from burgers to pasta to pizza.
Production: 46,125 cases