Ryan Patrick 2013 Rock Island Red, Columbia Valley, $20

ryan patrick rock island redRock Island Red is a red blend that features 44% Merlot and 44% Syrah. It’s a compatible marriage of Bordeaux and Rhône grapes that shows off cured meat with blackberry and spice aromas below. On the palate, the Syrah and Merlot share their blackberry flavors, then Syrah reminds the sipper it brings plums to the marriage, while Merlot replies that it gets credit for the blueberries. Despite their differences, in the end it’s an agreeable arrangement for the wine lover who can enjoy this well-made red for $20. This earned a gold medal and best of class at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 990 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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