Always extremely popular, this Southern Rhône-style six-grape blend is especially noteworthy in 2011. It’s a powerful wine that has a broad array of red and purple fruits, plus penetrating focus. This is juicy, forward and immediately delicious, and it also has the structure to age, perhaps surprisingly well.
This Syrah/Grenache/Mourvèdre blend, finished in screwcap, is always one of Washington’s best values and flat out most delicious Rhône blends. The 2006 is the best ever, with dark, supple fruits that weave together berries, cherries, plums, cassis, licorice, pepper and Provençal herbs. It’s a riot of flavors, young and brash, but perfectly capable of aging.
Fruit ripeness in 2010 was generally much more difficult to achieve than in 2009. This Southern Rhône-style blend has not yet come out of its rather tough, chewy shell. The flavor of hard cherry candy is wrapped in rock-like tannins, needing more bottle time to smooth out. Lay it down for a couple of years while enjoying the 2009 Subduction Red.