Westport Winery 2013 Charterboat Chick, Horse Heaven Hills, $28

By on March 24, 2016

westport-winery-charterboat-chick-2013-labelBefore her degrees in architecture, her culinary studies and her entrée into the wine industry, Westport Winery owner Kim Roberts was a charterboat chick out of Grays Harbor. That work funded her studies at Washington State University and later helped introduce her to her husband, Blain. Several years ago, the Roberts saw the emergence of Discovery Vineyard along the Horse Heaven Hills and began to incorporate fruit from the Mays into the Westport red program. This Cab, produced by their son, Dana Roberts, is another example of both his skill as a winemaker and the beauty of Discovery Vineyard fruit. The nose of dusty plum, black currant and black cherry picks up hints of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and vanilla bean. Inside is a plummy presentation of black fruit, beautifully framed by fine-grained tannins akin to espresso grounds and bright acidity. The finish is one of elegance. This wine earned a gold medal at the Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition and followed that up with a gold at the Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 122 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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