Delille Cellars Grand Ciel

Delille Cellars is one of my favorite wineries in Washington State.

I love everything they produce, and recommend their wines every chance I get.

The 2010 Grand Ciel from Red Mountain is their flagship wine, and it is Magnificent!   The wine explodes with lush fruit, cinnamon and clove flavors on a backbone of smooth round tannins.

This is a complex, concentrated wine that is the perfect compliment to a T-Bone or any other hearty dish.

The wine’s suggested price is $135, but it can be found at as low as $89 at a few on-line stores.  At that price the Grand Ciel is a cheap alternative to its rival high end Napa Cabs.


Gorman Winery Old Scratch GSM

Washington is a treasure trove of great wines at even better prices, and @gormanwinery is one of my favorite producers in the State. He makes some fabulous Cabernet and Syrah based wines at prices that will knock your socks off.

The 2014 Gorman Old Scratch GSM is a perfect example of this high quality to value ratio juice produced in the region. This Rhone style red blend is comprised of 80% Syrah and 10% each of Mourvèdre and Grenache. The wine is a brilliant dark purple with berry and pepper on the nose. The first taste coats the mouth with smooth dense dark fruit and licorice followed by cinnamon and creamy oak spices. The juicy fruit is balanced skillfully against the dusty tannins that support the long peppery finish.

To be clear, this is not your standard fruit bomb Syrah, but rather a complex, supple high quality wine that you can enjoy with friends, and the $28 price point is just an added bonus!


Januik Red Mountain cabernet sauvignon

The 2013 Januik Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Washington is a big, lush, complex wine that is drinking incredibly well right now.

The wine possesses a dark purple color, and subtle dark fruit and pepper aromas on the nose.

It is on the palate however where the wine comes alive. Blueberries and dark fruit are followed by a nutty creamy toasty oak finish sprinkled with soft peppered tannins.

I highly recommend this wine, and Cab fans will find this $40 gem not only a treat, but also a bargain!