This blend ranks high on the totem pole from Redmond, Wash., vintner Mike Sharadin, who’s created it in Meritage-style with a wealth of new French oak. That barrel treatment is revealed with aromas of chai spices and toast along with bittersweet chocolate, black currant and dark strawberry. On the palate, black fruit dominates and the structure carries broad shoulders of cherry skin tannins that ride high. Black currant, dark chocolate and pomegranate acidity combine to set up a big finish. While it’s built for the cellar, it should pair nicely with dishes accompanied by a reduction sauce featuring garlic and bold spices. It picked up a silver medal at the 2016 Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.
Production: 175 cases
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