Walla Walla Vintners 2014 Dwelley Vineyard Dolcetto, Walla Walla Valley, $24
This Italian grape is rare in the Northwest, and Walla Walla Vintners winemaker William vonMetzger shows a deft touch with it. The fact that it comes off Dwelley Vineyard is no surprise considering our panels have awarded high marks to several wines made from this site in the foothills of the Blue Mountains in the past few months. Aromas of caramel, red cherry and plum spill into flavors of Bing cherry, huckleberry and vanilla. Gentle tannins give this youthful approachability. This won double gold and best of class at the fourth annual Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a scholarship fundraiser for Walla Walla Community College’s viticulture and enology program. It’s another example of the work being performed at Wine Press Northwest magazine’s reigning Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year.
Production: 196 cases