Maryhill Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $24
The Yakima Valley branch of the Tudor family, deeply rooted in Southern California’s wine industry for a century, is burnishing its reputation for quality grape growing in Washington state, and Tudor Hills Vineyard fruit is taking on a larger role at Maryhill. It dominates this spicy, chocolaty and dark Cabernet Sauvignon made by Richard Batchelor, who used a program of 50% new oak. Those barrels create fun aromas of gingersnap cookie and cocoa powder along with blackberry, dark raspberry and crushed herbs. Flavors run the gamut of black currant, boysenberry, Western serviceberry and brown sugar, while the structure is balanced with a long finish of mocha, vanilla bean and black licorice. Suggested pairings include gyros, lamb, prime rib and Chocolate Lava Cake.
Production: 1,900 cases