Jeremy Santo returned home to Prosser, Wash., and took over the winemaking for the 2017 vintage — just in time to help launch this stylish brand for brothers Rob and Will Mercer. Merlot from Zephyr Ridge and Dead Canyon Vineyard near famed Champoux Vineyard gets a heady boost of Syrah (14%) off Spice Cabinet Vineyard near Crow Butte Park along the Columbia River. The 20 months in 25% new barrels – a blend of French and American – yields aromas of toast and Bing cherry with ground savory, cola and iron shavings. Sweet cherries set the tone for a delicious theme that’s framed by managed tannins and capped by Marionberry juice in a beveled fashion.
Production: 946 cases