Appellation: Columbia Valley
Longtime Washington winemaker Brian Carter has crafted this beautiful blend in the style of the southern Rhône Valley, using Grenache (50 percent), Syrah, Mourvedre, Counoise and Cinsault. The Grenache shines from first whiff, with aromas of rose hips, black currants and white pepper, followed by luscious flavors of black currants, dark chocolate and just a sprinkle of cinnamon. Rated Outstanding by Great Northwest Wine.
Cases produced: 1,060.
Food matches: This will pair beautifully with lamb, flank steak, prime rib or a hearty Italian dish.
Brian Carter Cellars, 14419 Woodinville-Redmond Road N.E., Woodinville, 425-806-9463, www.briancartercellars.com