Lynn Penner-Ash blazed the trail in Oregon for women winemakers, and while she earned fame for her work with Pinot Noir, there’s also an obvious passion for Rhone varieties, too. Six vineyards throughout the state factored into this blend dominated by Rogue Valley sites Lakeside, RoxyAnn and Crater View, and the 17-month French oak program included six new barrels. It offers seemingly something for everyone, starting with hints of brownie mix and blackberry, backed by whiffs of gaminess, moist earth and funk. Inside, it’s rich and flavorful as blackberry jam and blueberry hang among the high-riding, fine-grained tannins. Pomegranate acidity gives it a long fruity finish capped by a pinch of white pepper.
Production: 495 cases