Delicious wines from Washington’s versatile Yakima Valley

By on April 12, 2015

Westport Winery 2012 Smoky Nor’wester, Yakima Valley, $26

westport-winery-smoky-norwester-nv-labelCoastal winemaker Dana Roberts blends Sangiovese and Petite Sirah into a stunning, youthful, complex and approachable drink. It opens with aromas of fresh cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate and a hint of buttered toast. There’s a rich entry of plum, black cherry and black raspberry with sandy tannins and juicy acidity, capped by a remarkable cranberry compote finish. This earned a gold medal at the 2015 Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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  1. Paul Cockrell says:

    Obviously there is a typo. How many cases does Palencia produce?

    • Andy Perdue says:


      For his day job at J&S Crushing/Columbia River’s Edge Winery in Mattawa, Wash., Victor Palencia oversees more than 1 million cases in wine production. For Palencia Winery, he makes about 3,000 cases total.

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