Mazzacano Cellars 2013 L’armonia, Columbia Valley, $60

By on November 17, 2016

mazzacano-cellars-larmonia-2013-bottleFlint Nelson worked for just two wineries the past 15 years, first Apex Cellars and then Kestrel, before launching Wit Cellars in Prosser, Wash., with Cat Warwick. The Mazzacano wines represent his own brand, and both releases have been stunning, including this Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend from the Milbrandt’s Northridge Vineyard. It’s dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) and joined by Petit Verdot (18%), Malbec (15%) and a bit of Merlot. Aromas hinting at black currant and red plum include toasted Wheaties, milk chocolate, moist earth and white pepper. Big and juicy flavors start with sweet cherries and dark chocolate, which lead to tannins akin to espress grounds and blueberry skins, then a rich and well-balanced finish of Marionberries. He suggests enjoying L’armonia with a ribeye or rack of lamb with roasted root vegetables. Look for these reserve wines at the Wit Cellars tasting room on Lee Road near Hogue Cellars.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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