The 2012 growing season may well go down as one of the classic vintages of the Washington wine industry in the 21st century, Prosser winemaker Gordon Taylor produced a delicious snapshot by relying on Alder Ridge Vineyard. While he labeled it as Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), there are thoughtful contributions of Cabernet Franc (10) and Petite Sirah (2%) as well as Lonesome Spring Ranch Malbec (11%). The nose is filled with dusty blackberry and black currant, Horse Heaven Hills minerality, molasses, sage and lime peel. There’s rich spiciness and more dark purple fruit that makes its way to the palate. Focused and majestically managed tannins provide pleasing length to the finish of blackberry and pomegranate. Taylor suggests serving this with brisket, roasted lamb, Carne Asada and even flan.
Production: 122 cases