Best Buy! This summer marks the fifth anniversary of Nine Hats tasting room in Seattle’s SODO Urbanworks hangout, and the sister project of famed Long Shadows Vintners continues to deliver quality across the spectrum. Cabernet Sauvignon from plantings in the Horse Heaven Hills forms the foundation, redolent of dark blue fruit, cola, dried mint and crushed pink peppercorns. There’s sturdiness to the structure of black cherry and leather, and the role of Syrah (11%) shows in the boost of blueberry on the midpalate and through. Suggested pairings include a ribeye, grilled tuna, beef stew or almost anything from the Italian-themed Nine Pies Pizzeria next door.
Rating: Excellent – 88 points
Production: 2,540 cases