With vineyard manager Damon LaLonde on the bass and Walla Walla winemaker Trey Busch on the lead for this wine, it’s no surprise that this new label hits a high note. And considering their backgrounds in the industry, this tandem will be no one-hit wonder. French Creek is a fascinating 20-year-old vineyard above the Yakima River east of Prosser, Wash., this Cab already takes on the look of a classic, starting with a dense nose of chalkboard dust, dark plum, black cherry, coffee, baking spices and a pinch of herbs. There’s supreme balance with notes of Bing cherry and Marionberry, backed by delicious blueberry acidity with cherry-skin tannins. In the background are notes of cigar box, allspice and roasted coffee, making it complex while exhibiting finesse. It’s a tiny lot, and the best shot at buying comes via Seattle-based ImpulseWine.com.
Production: 45 cases