Bonair Winery 2013 Chateau Puryear Vineyard Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills, $24

By on January 14, 2016

bonair-winery-chateau-puryear-vineyard-petit-verdot-2013-bottleGail Puryear began planting Bordeaux varieties throughout his 40 acres above the Yakima Valley in 1980, and winemaker Bill Mechem produces small-lot, standalone varietal bottlings to showcase five of them. Their work with this Petit Verdot spent two years in new French and American oak barrels, leading to aromas that hint at cherry jam, dried blueberry, tar, thyme and mint. Inside, it brings penetrating and lingering flavors of blueberry and elderberry that pick up black licorice on the midpalate. Enjoyable tannins create traction and lead to finish of Western serviceberry. Consider serving this with rack of lamb and mint jelly.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 153 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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