Appellation: Columbia Valley
Napa-trained Richard Batchelor continues to cement his reputation as one of the Pacific Northwests top winemakers with his string of gold medals for Maryhill Winery. The New Zealand natives latest bottling of Sangiovese for the Leutholds Classic lineup is another remarkable effort. Fruit sources such as nearby Gunkel Vineyard along the Columbia River and Tudor Hill Vineyard in the Yakima Valley have helped make this one of the regions best examples of this lively Italian variety year after year, and this expression offers a theme of dusty raspberry and Van cherry with chalky tannins, cranberry acidity and white pepper. This was one of four Maryhill wines to merit a double gold at the 2017 Cascadia International Wine Competition.
Rated Outstanding! by Great Northwest Wine. (14.5% alc.)
Cases produced: 1,418
Food pairings: Enjoy with pasta, Eggplant Parmesan, cacciatore or roasted chicken with a spicy rub.
Maryhill Winery, 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, 509-773-1976, www.maryhillwinery.com.