Daven Lore Winery 2013 Aridisol Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $30
This winery overlooking the town of Prosser, Wash., was co-founded by acclaimed soil scientist Joan “Dr. Dirt” Davenport, so it’s natural that this annual red blend is named for the arid soils of the Columbia Valley. The blend pulls heavy from Syrah (60%) and Grenache (20%) off Alder Ridge (Horse Heaven Hills), Lonesome Spring Ranch (Yakima Valley) and Newhouse (Snipes Mountain), with Mourvèdre (5%) from Art den Hoed Vineyard as well as a touch of Malbec from Double Canyon Vineyard. The influence of Syrah dominates the aromas with dusty plum, earthiness and saddle leather, backed by cordial cherry and pea gravel. Dried cherry, plum skin tannins and boysenberry acidity are led out by dried blueberry and lavender. Suggested pairings include Fig and Onion Bruschetta, puttanesca, prosciutto-wrapped salmon or an artichoke pizza. Look for this wine in Prosser at the tasting room and the Wine Country RV Park as well as Yoke’s Fresh Market in Kennewick.
Production: 117 cases