Appellation: Red Mountain
Walla Walla vintner Victor Palencia operates his own winery and tasting room, but his resumé also includes making wine for this new project that belongs to acclaimed growers Dick and Wendy Shaw. While they have expansive holdings on the Wahluke Slope, they also own some of the top vineyards on Red Mountain — home to this Merlot-based bottling. Dark blueberry, Marionberry, Bing cherry, black licorice aromas and flavors. It's rich, round, penetrating and plush, backed by sweet tannins and rewarding acidity. This earned a gold medal at the 2015 Great Northwest Wine Competition. (14.7 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 390
Food pairings: Enjoy with lamb chops.
Henry Earl Estate Wines, 25 E. Main St., Walla Walla, 509-572-8708, www.henryearlwine.com.