Best Buy! Four stalwart vineyards in the Yakima Valley — Goose Ridge, Oasis, Willard Farms and Willow Crest — combine for this remarkably suave and joyful version of Cab that’s far from ponderous. It’s fruit-forward from start to finish, opening with jammy aromas of dark strawberry, huckleberry and clove. On the palate, its creamy and cherry, ranging from Bing cherry on the beginning, fine-grained cherry-skin tannins and capped by Rainier cherry in the finish. The edges of Merlot (19%) are beveled, making this very approachable and priced to be enjoyed every night of the week. It’s a worthy way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of Washington state’s oldest brands, which Precept has preserved with its purchase from Diageo in 2011.
Production: 4,173 cases