Owen Roe 2014 Abbot’s Table Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $24
David O’Reilly continues to grow his program in Washington’s Yakima Valley, and his food-friendly, easy-drinking Abbot’s Table continues to sing as a Zinfandel-based red blend from acclaimed vineyards such as DuBrul, Gunkel, Outlook, Red Willow and Union Gap. The contributions of Zin (46%) and Blaufränkisch (14%) were bumped up for this young wine as Sangiovese (31%) provides the acidity and Malbec adds purple notes. Sweet aromas of ripe strawberry, raspberry and blueberry pick up brown sugar, butterscotch and light toastiness. It’s a smooth, inviting and viscous entry of blueberry jam, strawberry and plum juice that offers mild tannins and ample acidity for a solid structure.
Production: 3,744 cases