Pat Dineen and the Rawn brothers grow grapes for more than 30 wineries in Washington state, and their higher-elevation site in the Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Valley produces a sturdy snapshot of this lesser-known Bordeaux red variety that’s most often used as a blender. Tim Armstrong, moved his family to Walla Walla last year, tailors this for his wine club, and it’s massive, cellar-worthy and compelling. There’s a large whiff of coffee and dark toast with blue fruit and squid ink. Inside, its pie cherry, pomegranate and ripe plum drinking profile comes with sturdy tannins, a wealth of acidity and sweet herbs.
Production: 87 cases
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