Rhône varities excel on Washington’s Wahluke Slope, which in some years records more heat units than any other region on the state, and since Grenache is a late ripener, Weinbau Vineyard seems to be a good fit. Sammamish, Wash., vintner Buzz Buckingham uses this bottling to raise funds for Roselle’s Dream Foundation, inspired by the guide dog who led her owner to safety from the 78th floor of Tower One on Sept. 11, 2001. It’s easy to pick up scents that hint at blackberry, black currant and dark toast among spicy notes of black pepper, pencil shavings and cumin. Flavors follow with currant and Bing cherry, backed by blueberry acidity, sandy tannins, mocha and tar. Look for their tasting rooom at The Junction near the Woodinville Warehouse District.
Production: 70 cases