26. Thurston Wolfe 2012 Zephyr Ridge Petite Sirah, Horse Heaven Hills, $20
It’s uncommon to find Petite Sirah grown in Washington at this price, and Wade Wolfe’s latest expression from this 20-year-old, 215-acre site west of Paterson is a knockout. Those who crave the power of this Rhône variety and enjoy the influence of oak will become enchanted as it opens with notes of dark toast, hazelnut, vanilla and coffee. Yet it’s supported by deep and darkly textured black fruit such as blackberry, poached plum and blueberry. The tannin structure is akin to a pugilist’s fist in a velvet glove, and the finish comes with peppered with spice, dried herbs, coffee and dark chocolate.
Production: 297 cases