Going forward, Rocky Pond owner David “Double D” Dufenhorst will be able to use the Rocky Reach American Viticultural Area on his bottlings such as this classic Washington Cab, which was crafted by winemaker Shane Collins. This warm 55-acre site alongside the Columbia River near Orondo allows for extended hangtime, and the harvest on Halloween allowed Collins to present a basket of deep purple fruit, led by black plum and Bing cherry, with secondary notes of juniper and pencil shavings. The sandy presentation of tannins provide a pleasing backbone joined by vanilla bean and leads out with elderbery compote. Suggested pairings include braised meats, a ribeye or a porterhouse steak.
Rating: Outstanding! 93 points
Production: 124 cases