Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2014 Petite Sirah, Washington, $28

225009_01_261246The Verhey family’s young Roosevelt Vineyard just downstream from the Horse Heaven Hills along the Columbia River quickly has become a prized spot for the Umikers. And while not all practical, but they could almost transport these grapes by boat to their winery in Lewiston, Idaho, not far from the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers. The nose of sweet oak, coffee, blueberry, blackberry and cola doesn’t disappoint. There’s some richness of molasses and Marionberry pie on the entry, leading to bold up-front tannins. Juicy pomegranate acidity leads to Rainier cherry in the end. The Umikers hold a long-term contract for these grapes, which should delight all P.S. supporters. Their first-year effort with them merited a gold medal earlier this year at the Cascadia Wine Competition, and it keeps rocking.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 175 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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