Five years ago, David Smith and Mark Mahan established the first winery in downtown Vancouver, Wash., not far from Fort Vancouver, where the state’s first grapevines were planted in 1825. These urban vintners focused this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (37%), Merlot (35%) and Syrah on largely unknown Burgess Vineyard north of Pasco. It’s a hedonistic red from start to finish, opening with aromas of Hostess blackberry pie, black currant jam, sugared plums and a mix of cocoa and vanilla. The entry is deliciously round and approachable with black plum, black currant and chocolate-covered blueberries. A pleasing balance of tannin with acidity has it showing beautifully right now. The wines are available at their tasting room on Broadway in downtown Vancouver, online and through restaurants and wine shops in Vancouver and Portland.
Production: 287 cases
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