Sozo Friends 2009 Balance

January 23, 2013 

Appellation: Columbia Valley

This blend of red Rhône varieties shows a lot of class, and this winery in Burien donates a significant percentage of its proceeds to food banks. Cheryl Jones, one of Washington’s most experienced winemakers, skillfully blended Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenach and Petit Verdot. It first attracts attention with its glass-coating purple hue and aromas of blueberry and moist clay. The pleasing structure of juicy acidity and easy tannins takes in more blueberries, some blackberry and a finish of black truffle. Won a gold medal at the 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Rated “Outstanding” by (14.3 percent alcohol)

Price: $48.

Cases produced: 225.

Food matches: Seared meat, lasagna, winter stew.

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