Camaraderie Cellars NV Quadra, Washington, $29

By on June 6, 2015

camaraderie-cellars-quadra-nv-bottleOlympic Peninsula winemakers Don and Vicky Corson dived into the history surrounding Spanish naval officer Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra and became inspired to name their robust dessert wine after this Vancouver Island explorer. Their blend of Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo) from Two Coyotes Vineyard and Crawford Vineyard, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Tinta Cão is a tasty tribute to Capt. Quadra, who earned a reputation in the 1790s for his hospitality that featured food and wine from Spain. Aromas of chocolate syrup, black cherry and dried plum also include golden raisin. The fluid is rich and rather elegant with well-integrated alcohol and flavors of plum, raisin and pomegranate. There’s a fair bit of tannin and cranberry acidity, which easily balances the 2% residual sugar that’s left on the midpalate. This 500-milliliter bottle can be found at the winery in Port Angeles — a town named by Quadra — and in Pike Place Market at The Tasting Room on Post Alley.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 15.6%

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