A little hazy (unfiltered), bright, medium intensity, bright purple color. Clean on the nose, medium intensity aromas of black fruit, moss, cedar, black pepper, spice, stewed black cherries, oak, and smoke. Dry, medium body, medium tannin, medium-high acidity. Flavors of red and black fruit, Bing cherry, red fruit, strawberry, raspberry coulis, some oak on the palate, and a slight lactic note. Medium finish. Pair with braised short ribs or tofu in five spice. Recommended. RR
An interview with winemaker Anne Hubatch of Helioterra Wines. The 2009 Helioterra Columbia Valley Syrah was awarded to Palate Press Readers' Choice Red Wine of the Year.
An interview with winemaker Rebecca Shouldis, from Ghost Hill Cellars. The 2010 Ghost Hill Cellars Pinot Noir Blanc was awarded to Palate Press Readers' Choice White Wine of the Year.
Clear, medium intensity ruby with purple. Aromas of violet, bell pepper, dark fruits, and cedar. Dry on the palate with medium-high acidity, medium-full body, and light tannin. Flavors of cooked blackberry, hickory, molasses, and smoke. Pair with a hearty dish like chili. Recommended. RR
Clear, medium intensity straw yellow. Medium-light aromas of yellow apple, apricot, fresh pear, light florals, and candied lemon. Semi-sweet on the palate with medium-low acidity, medium body and flavors of apple, peach, pear, and honey. A light finish. Not “elegant” like the bottle claims, but true to the variety and easy to drink. Pair with pulled pork or orange chicken. Recommended. RR