Pend d’Oreille Winery 2013 Project Z, Washington, $40

By on August 1, 2015

Pend d'Oreille Winery-2013-Project ZIdaho winemaker Stephen Meyer developed this new blend as a tribute to Bob Roudon and Jim Smith, namesakes for the California winery near Santa Cruz where Meyer served as an assistant prior to his move to Sandpoint. Meyer’s intent was to make this focused on Zinfandel (50%), which he sourced from Coyote Canyon Vineyard, but he also includes Petite Sirah (20%) from Buoy Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, Carménère (10%) from Weinbau on the Wahluke Slope and Syrah (20%) from Coyote Canyon. The nose carries hints of cherry fruit leather, dark toast, vanilla extract, lime peel and cedar. The drink is driven by black cherries and plum with a pleasing mouth feel. There’s light toast and pomegranate in the finish, which leads to suggested pairings of flatbreads, beef or red-sauced pasta.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 244 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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