Tricycle Cellars 2013 Winesap Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $49
Chuck Hundley, Class of ’13 in Walla Walla Community College’s viticulture and enology program, pulled from Winesap Vineyards in The Rocks District of Milton-Freewater for this expressive Cabernet Sauvignon as the debut release for his young brand. The nose offers hints of brambly Marionberry and blueberry with red currant, Western red cedar, moist earth and savory black olive. Its flavor profile features bright purple fruit akin to blackberry, boysenberry and Montmorency cherry. Well-managed tannins allow for a long finish of pomegranate acidity with Nutella and vanilla. The Hundleys share a downtown Walla Walla tasting room across from the Marcus Whitman Hotel with Lagana Cellars, and a portion of this wine’s sales help support Embracing Orphans, a group dedicated to assisting orphaned and abused children of Jamaica.
Production: 124 cases