42. The Conqueror 2012 Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $31
In the midst of acquisitions and vineyard planting, Seattle-based Precept Wine continues to usher brands into the marketplace with aplomb — thanks in large part to its cadre of talented winemakers and expanding estate fruit program. The Conqueror is a Syrah-based blend from Canoe Ridge Vineyard (91%) and recently acquired The Benches, and the lot spent 20 months in a wood program of 33% new French oak. Its redolent with aromas of President plum, chocolate-covered cherry, black raspberry, nutmeg and rose petals. On the palate, its fruit, oak profile and structure are stunning as beautiful blackberry jam and black currant flavors lead to a creamy midpalate with sandy tannins. A scrape of vanilla bean and Marionberry acidity make for a finish that offers tremendous length. It’s only been in bottle for 12 months, but it’s already on a plane.
Production: 500 cases