This full-bodied entry by Woodinville’s Terry Wells – with a pedigree of Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain, Clifton Hill on the Wahluke Slope and Elephant Mountain Vineyard near the top of the Rattlesnake Hills – comes out of the chute with an inkiness that’s beautiful to look at in the glass. The high color saturation suggests a big full-bodied wine and it does not disappoint. Black cherry, elderberry and blueberry compote and a hint of vanilla comprise the aromas and that also carry to the flavors, where they are joined with blackberry jam to make a full rich midpalate with soft tannins and a lengthy bold finish. The weight on the palate is equal to the weight of the bottle, and its run to acclaim began with a gold medal at last year’s Cascadia.
Production: 300 cases