In the Old World, such a blend would such as this would be in the shadows. In Woodinville’s Warehouse District, Chris Loeliger’s blend of Syrah (60%), Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc shows delicious brilliance, and it starts on Red Mountain with fruit from Kiona and Emory vineyards, backed by Cab Franc from stellar Elephant Mountain Vineyard. The complex theme centers on dark blue fruit akin to plums and elderberry with white pepper and nutmeg. Enjoyably crunchy blueberry seed tannins are balanced and finished by a dusting of cocoa powder. These imaginative wines now also are found just off Main Street in downtown Walla Walla.
Production: 121 cases
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