Harbinger Winery 2009 El Jefe, Rattlesnake Hills, $27

By on August 19, 2013

Harbinger Winery is in Port Angeles, WashingtonOwner/winemaker Sara Gagnon is a Port Angeles, Wash., native who returned more than a decade ago to make wine at Olympic Cellars. She opened Harbinger a few years ago and is the northwestern-most winery in the continental United States. This Rhône blend blend of Syrah (62%), Mourvedre (25%) and Grenache opens with aromas of sarsaparilla, vanilla extract, black cherry and black pepper, followed by flavors of black currant, black olive, boysenberry and granite dust. It’s an elegant wine with great length and breadth.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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