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Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Selway Red Wine, Washington, $45
This Malbec-based blend starts out strong with minerality and then yields to the Merlot (30%), offering chocolate covered cherries, followed by fragrant Cabernet Franc offering up bouquets of violets. The tannins and concentrated fruit offered by Petit Verdot (26%) round out this exciting blend by rising winemaking talent Coco Umiker, whose deft use of Syrah (3%) provides silkiness to the finish. This melange of two Washington vineyards — Rock n’ J Vineyard near Asotin and Phinny Hill in the Horse Heaven Hills — by this Idaho winery won a double gold medal and best of class at the sixth annual Cascadia International Wine Competition. Her Selway from the 2013 vintage captured a double gold at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Production: 156 cases