Appellation: Columbia Valley
The official wine of the Kentucky Derby continues to lead the herd of Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of commercial success, and Keith Kenison rides a remarkable vintage in Washington to a trifecta when it comes to the juice, the price and the availability. Its dark fruit profile starts with a nose of blackberry milkshake and black currant followed by notes of dark chocolate, clove, crushed red pepper flakes and charcoal. Blackberry, blueberry and chocolaty flavors are met by medium structure of silky tannins and juicy acidity. Buy by the case to enjoy any night of the week. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.5 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 490,000
Food pairings: Enjoy with tomato-basil bruschetta, eggplant parmesan, herb-crusted prime rib, steak or venison stew.
14 Hands Winery, 660 Frontier Road, Prosser, 509-786-5514, www.14hands.com