Adega Northwest 2015 Weinbau Vineyard Growers Cuvée Miguel Rodriguez GSM, Columbia Valley, $30
Portland sommelier Bradford Cowin has been serious about becoming a winemaker since 2007 when he worked in the cellar at R. Stuart in McMinnville, but it was his time at Long Shadows Vintners in Walla Walla that got him access to venerable Weinbau Vineyard on Washington’s Wahluke Slope. Cowin uses this GSM blend to pay tribute to vineyard manager Miguel Rodriguez, who has been working at this Sagemoor Farms site since 1979. The coalescence of Syrah (40%), Grenache (30%) and Mourvèdre offers aromas of plum jam, black currant syrup and cherry juice that are joined by cured meat and black pepper. The pleasing structure of pliable tannins amid a long stream of purple fruit flavors comes with savory black olive notes and a juicy finish.
Production: 50 cases