Drumheller Wines 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $12

Best Buy! This young, value brand by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, spearheaded by winemaker Tim Jones, is on the rise. Named for the Drumheller Channels created during the Ice Age Floods near Othello, Wash., it focuses on fruit from the Wahluke Slope. As a product of a record-hot growing year, this is redolent with aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry and blackberry, backed by firm plum-skin tannins and bittersweet chocolate. Suggested food pairings include stuffed peppers, pork tenderloin, braised ribs or Death by Chocolate. Jones more than doubled his production from its debut vintage of 2014, and this bottling from the 2015 vintage won best of class at the 2017 Washington State Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 34,000 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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