Gino Cuneo founded this winery in Carlton, Ore., to prove that Italian varieties could achieve success in the hands of Pacific Northwest winemakers, and his apprentice, Patrick Taylor, is continuing that tradition. Here, it’s a Super Tuscan-styled wine built upon the shoulders of two Red Mountain vineyards — Sangiovese (50%) from renowned Ciel du Cheval with Cabernet Sauvignon (20%) and Merlot (10%) from Larry Pearson’s Tapteil Vineyard. There are contributions from the Horse Heaven Hills along with a touch of influence from 18 months in 15 percent new French oak. The nose hints at Bing cherry, cola and Red Vines licorice along with nectarine skin and minerality. On the palate, it’s clean and focused featuring Marionberry and blueberry, a combination that makes for a drink of sturdy tannins and juicy acidity which is finished by a pinch of horehound. It’s a food-friendly wine with plenty of staying power.
Production: 248 cases