University of Washington product David Smith’s blend from the previous vintage included Tempranillo, but this time he stayed true to Southern Rhône and created a GSM blend using Grenache (60%), Syrah (30%) and Mourvèdre from Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, Les Collines in the Walla Walla Valley and Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain. It’s a beautiful example with stunning aromas and flavors of plump blackberry, blueberry and plum with lavender and cedar, packaged skillfully around suave tannins and juicy, food-friendly acidity. This young downtown Vancouver, Wash., winery received a gold medal with it at the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition in the Rhône blends category. And he’s put his 2012 Tempranillo from Les Collines to good use, too.
Production: 170 cases