Wine making is a combination of science art and federal regulations. I
find blending to be more interesting when I abandon the 75% federal
rule for varietal wines, and let whimsy take me where it will.
Washington State's first AVA was the Yakima Valley. In many ways the grapes from the valley are what put Washington on the world wine map. In local industry speak it is simply referred to as "Valley Fruit". This is an artful blend of four grape varieties which captures the unique terroir of the valley.
The wine sparkles with bright, ruby color. The nose, ripe and forward, is an aromatic blend of violets, cassis, and black cherry. A complex palate starts with cassis, then warming to plumy cherry and blueberry fruit. The finish continues the interplay of the fruit and terroir, framed in by notes of toasted almonds and vanilla bean. A wine that boasts of tremendous balance and attentive winemaking.