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4 Cellars 2014 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $25
Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman takes center stage on this unique collaboration among Precept CEO Andrew Browne and Grammy Award-winning Little Big Town. The country group’s four members — Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook — agreed to name it 4 Cellars, and they debuted the brand last year with this wine, a Merlot-based blend that hits on so many notes. Freeman pulled from four Precept sites, Mirage and Waterbrook in the Walla Walla Valley and Alder Ridge and Wallua in the Horse Heaven Hills, then invested 25 months in 46% new French oak. Deep, rich and opulent aromas of blueberry and black cherry include coffee and toffee. Bold and long flavors of Marionberry and cassis get a strong backing from sandy tannins. This is just one piece of the 4 Cellars ensemble, which now stands at 14 wines. They can be found in Tennessee restaurants or through the 4 Cellars wine club, which includes benefits for fans of their music, however, their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2017 Chardonnay now are available through Total Wine & More.
Production: 400 cases