Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/and lots more!
Region/History Notes: Columbia Valley, Washington sits in the desert part of Washington that gets less than 6” of rain per year! It also has more soil types in this one area than the rest of the US combined! This means it can grow virtually every grape imaginable. Unlike Oregon’s Pinot Noir, Washington doesn’t have one flagship grape for this reason. But I do have a special place in my heart for Washington Syrah and especially by Rasa. This winery has produced some serious wine, and this is a gateway drug into the rest of their portfolio. While Syrah vineyards were the first planted by Billo and Pinto (brothers/owners/winemakers) they also grow other Rhône varieties, like Mourvèdre and Grenache, along with Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. And just because Washington State can grow virtually any grape variety well, there is a smattering of Tempranillo planted as well. Combine all these together and you get the best red blend ever for everyday drinking.
Tasting Notes: This wine is sexy! Big, dark, extracted fruit, smoky and peppery, but floral all at the same time. I have been featuring Occam’s Razor red blend for years and never tire of the rich, chocolatey fruit, bright finish and aromatics, and velvety texture. Great with burgers, casseroles, or just enjoy curled up on the couch with some dark chocolate.