The 2014 Malbec opens with blackberry, plum, and cassis on the nose, with toasted nuts, oak spice, and vanilla. Intensely concentrated fresh fig and blackberry aromatics follow, with leather, currant, curry powder, and nutmeg. Thick and dense on the palate, this wine is layered with coffee, cocoa, and plum fruit. Delicate blueberry and cassis are surrounded by massive weight and a complex mix of earth and toast. Pair this wine with prime rib, seared duck breast, grilled lamb shanks with rosemary, and dark chocolates.
The 2013 Petit Verdot opens with plum, cassis, blackberry, bacon, black pepper, spice, and nutmeg, with gamey undertones and subtle vanilla and cream. Flavors of blueberry, dark chocolate, and creamy coffee follow, with silky tannins and great finesse. This inky Petit Verdot has a pleasantly massive richness. Pair with seared duck breast, grilled lamb shanks with rosemary, dark chocolates, or prime rib.
The 2013 Syrah starts out with luscious aromas of cherry, strawberry, grapes, black pepper, anise, and spice, with touches of vanilla and cream. Flavors of fresh strawberry are rounded out by dark chocolate notes. This Snipes Mountain Syrah is full of massive richness and dense fruit, with a gamey edge. Pair with grilled salmon, pork, or lighter cream dishes. Or enjoy this Syrah by itself on a warm summer night
The 2015 Muscat Canelli is a very delicate yet intensely fragrant white wine with aromas of white peach, apricot, pear nectar, honeysuckle, and orange blossom. The wine’s sweetness is offset by a crisp, light acidity and slight mineral character. Pair with fruit plates, ice cream, sorbet, or pecan pie. Chilled well, this Muscat Canelli makes for a refreshing apéritif on a summer day.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon displays wild blueberry, blackberry, fig, cocoa, dried cherry, vanilla, and nutmeg on the nose. The palate is diverse with blackberry, plum, dark chocolate, and coffee flavors. Silky weight and great finesse are the trademarks of this big Cabernet Sauvignon. Pair with pepper steak, seared prime rib, or dark chocolates.
In its native region of the northern Rhone in France Viognier grows on baking hot south facing slopes above the river where it ripens perfectly. One could imagine that it might be well suited to eastern Washington conditions. Here it develops melon and tropical fruit flavors overlain with a nice floral character. Try the Hogue Cellars Viognier with razor clams, perhaps some pan-fried cod and lemon butter, or even some rich creamy cheeses in place of dessert.
The 2015 Edelzwicker was inspired by the original prestigious designation—including only noble varietals, such as Gewürztraminer,
Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Muscat Canelli. It displays refreshing green apple, lychee, lemon, and stone fruit. The palate is clean and crisp
with citrus, white flowers, and melon flavors. This well-balanced Alsatian-style blend has a wonderful medium-to-long finish.
The 2014 GSM displays a lively nose of black cherry, strawberry, black raspberry, black pepper, and spice, with touches of vanilla and cream. The wine is creamy and soft, with a palate of black cherry, plum, spice, pepper, and nutmeg flavors. Silky weight and great finesse are the hallmarks of this GSM. With its well-structured tannins, this wine pairs well with duck, grass-fed tri-tip with juniper berries, or barbecued pork ribs.
The 2015 Dry Riesling displays apple, pear, apricot, and orange on the nose. The palate is clean and exceedingly smooth, with peach, orange, and tangerine flavors. This wine has well-balanced acidity and touches of minerality. Pair with chicken satay or grilled halibut.