Smasne Cellars 2010 Gravel Bar, Columbia Valley, $36

By on January 8, 2014

smasne-cellars-logo-blackYakima Valley winemaker Robert Smasne loads up this bottling with Syrah (71%) and fills in behind it with Malbec (19%) and Petit Verdot for a cherry bomb. Aromatics feature cherry-rhubarb pie, cassis and fresh-baked brownies with crushed herbs and minerality for complexity. Inside the suave entry are more cherries and currants as raspberry acidity stays ahead of the tannins and leads to a finish of pepper and cinnamon bark. Looks for these wines at his Woodinville and Kennewick tasting galleries.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 142 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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