Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills
Elephant Mountain is one of Washingtons highest-elevation vineyards and is in the northern Yakima Valley. Joe Hattrup started planting the vineyard in the 1990s and has developed it into one of the states top locations. This Sangiovese by winemaker Sara Gagnon shows how well this signature Italian grape can fare in Washington. It opens with aromas of oak, black cherry, black olive and cola, followed by rich flavors of cherry, vanilla and a sprinkling of cocoa. Its a big wine with the fruit to support it. Rated Outstanding by Great Northwest Wine.
Cases produced: 128.
Food matches: Pair with lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs or grilled portabella mushrooms.
Harbinger Winery, 2358 Highway 101 W., Port Angeles, 360-452-4262, www.harbingerwinery.com.
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