This is a pleasant red blend, mostly Merlot, with a splash or two of Cab and Syrah. Tart and young, it’s nicely structured and spicy, with balanced flavors of herb and plum. Hints of cumin and Asian spices add further interest.
Righteous is a new budget label for Sweet Valley Winery. Mostly Merlot, this smooth, fruity red wine is ready to drink. It tastes like a latter-day version of the Hearty Burgundies of old, only with better fruit, and a hint of hazelnut in the finish.
This has so much raw, rough oak flavor when first opened that the fruit is nearly invisible. Tempranillo may well have a real future in the Walla Walla Valley, but first it has to be freed from the woods. Give this plenty of breathing time.