An elegant offering from Washington’s Columbia Valley. Alcohol on the nose (14.5%) initially obscures the lovely treats underneath of cedar, anise, and fresh leather. Crisp on the palate, soft tannins, and expressive flavors of dark cherry and blackcurrant. At first it seems to finish short, but comes around in short order. A slow starter out of the gate, but a winner by many lengths. A great steak wine. Highly recommended.

WHO: Fidelitas
WHAT: Bordeaux-style blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot)
WHERE: Columbia Valley, Washington
WHEN: 2004
HOW MUCH: $40

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