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Bunnell Family Cellar 2010 Lia, Columbia Valley, $36
Ron Bunnell has something of a Midas touch with Rhône grapes. He learned his craft in California before moving north to Washington to take over as head winemaker for Chateau Ste. Michelle. In 2004, he left to launch his eponymous winery in the Yakima Valley town of Prosser.
In addition to the winery, he and his wife also run Wine O Clock, a marvelous restaurant in the Vintners Village, a complex that has about a dozen tasting rooms all within walking distance of each other.
This blend, named for his daughter, uses 29% each of Mourvèdre and Syrah, augmented by 14% each of Grenache, Cinsault and Counoise.
Spice, cured meat, blackberries and blueberries waft from the glass, and in the mouth, plums and black currants join the fruit parade. In closing, chocolate, black licorice and grippy tannins emerge.
This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 174 cases