Chris Upchurch calls his Merlot-dominated red blend “Counterpart,” blending Merlot (65%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) drawn from his estate Red Mountain vineyard into the 2016 version. Its Merlot backbone shows in its blackberry and blueberry aromas, with just a hint of dark cherry in the background. In the mouth, it leads with those same berries, plus some dark plum, a touch of spice and a juicy finish framed by elegant tannins. A year ago, the debut vintage of Counterpart, the 2015, recorded a gold medal at the Cascadia International Wine Competition. Last fall, the second chapter of Counterpart followed up with a gold at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.
Production: 250 cases
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