Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
While the Horse Heaven Hills is home to many renowned vineyards, Zephyr Ridge is emerging as one of the best. It's an estate planting for the Watts family, which owns this showpiece winery in the Cascade Mountains town of Cle Elum. This gorgeous red opens with aromas of cherry pipe tobacco, mushroom, blackberry and oak spice, followed by flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and ripe dark fruit. It's all backed by sturdy and well-balanced tannins that give way to a lengthy finish. This won a gold medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. (14.6 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 343
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Food pairings: Try this bold red with grilled or braised meats or Italian dishes such as lasagna.
Swiftwater Cellars, 301 Rope Rider Drive, Cle Elum, 509-674-6555, www.swiftwatercellars.com.