Washington’s Wahluke Slope, one of the state’s warmest growing regions, continues to show the promise with some Italian varieties that thrive in heat. The Milbrandt brothers’ Northridge Vineyard, on the western edge of the Saddle Mountains, sets the table for winemaker Patrick Taylor in Carlton, Ore., who creates a spicy nose with white pepper among hints of red cherry, light cola and raspberry. This is a lighter-styled Primitivo with a smooth entry featuring flavors of Chelan cherry and vanilla with raspberry acidity and cherry-skin tannins. It’s nicely structured rather than sweet and boozy akin to some made in more southerly growing regions.
Production: 190 cases