Cairdeas Winery 2014 Cinsault, Yakima Valley, $34

By on March 27, 2017

While Charlie Lybecker labels this as Cinsault, it’s really a deliciously intriguing collection of Rhône varieties as Cinsault (75%) is backed up by single-digit fractions of Counoise, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre in equal amounts. Two premier sites in the Yakima Valley — Boushey and Meek — each make up half of the final blend, which casts off aromas of spicy cranberry, Chinotto and cherry pipe tobacco. Dark tones await as flavors with blackberry and black cherry lead into pleasing fine-grained tannins, cassis and red peppercorns. The work and devotion to Rhone reds has made this a go-to winery when visiting Lake Chelan.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 450 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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