Appellation: Columbia Valley
A reference in Latin to balance, winemaker Robert Campisi achieves that in delectable fashion with the proprietary red wine called Trutina - a Left Bank Bordeaux approach from Walla Walla icon Dunham Cellars. Vineyard sources such as Lewis in the Yakima Valley, Double Canyon in the Horse Heaven Hills and the Kenny Hill Estate in the Walla Walla Valley come together for a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Merlot (40%), Malbec (12%) and Cabernet Franc. The use of 30% new oak, an even split between French and American, does not get in the way as charming notes of violet and lavender mix marvelously with ripe huckleberries, Marionberry and dried plum. Its complex midpalate is lovely as the sweet herbs lift fruit just enough to keep this from a pure expression of hedonism. This marks the 19th vintage of Trutina, and it earned a gold medal at the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, a scholarship fundraiser for Walla Walla Community College's winemaking program.
Rated “Outstanding!” by Great Northwest Wine. (14% alc.)
Cases produced: 6,951
Food pairings: Enjoy with prime rib, lamb chops, pepper steak or a bowl of French onion soup.
Dunham Cellars, 150 E. Boeing Ave., Walla Walla, 509-529-4685, www.dunhamcellars.com.