Tucannon Cellars 2012 Barrel Racer Red, Columbia Valley, $29

By on October 2, 2016

tucannon-cellars-barrel-racer-red-2012-labelRed Mountain recently added another father/son winemaking team — Phil and Ethen Warren — and they’ve combined for this intense yet easy-drinking blend of Cabernet Franc (35%), Syrah (30%), Merlot (30%) and Petit Verdot (5%). Enticing tones of cocoa-dusted Chukar Cherry, blueberry, plum and vanilla are packaged within mild tannins. Finishing notes of Rainier cherry and rhubarb pie make for beautiful balance and a rich sendoff. The Warrens enjoy drinking this on their patio overlooking the Yakima River with chunks of Cougar Gold cheese, but smoked Gouda will be easier to find.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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