Brent Roberts has taken over the reins from Doug Nierman as Cecil Zerba’s winemaker, and his work with estate fruit continues in the tradition that helped Zerba Cellars earn Wine Press Northwest’s 2011 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year Award. Aromas of dark fruit and hints of toast lead the way to boysenberry jam, ground nutmeg, raspberries and a smoky oak underlay. It’s supple and mouth-coating as it heads to a smooth finish. Last fall, it earned a gold medal at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition before winning a Platinum from Wine Press Northwest magazine.
Production: 277 cases
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