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By on February 3, 2014

Robert Smasne of Smasne Cellars, the 2013 Washington Winery of the Year as chosen by Wine Press Northwest, crafts these wines with Kirkland vintner Bob Delf, and their collaboration on this white Rhone blend of Roussanne (55%) from Alder Ridge and Viognier off Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain produces an enjoyable harmony. There’s a theme of pear and apple butter, buttered toast, honey and banana cream pie. The flavors continue to sing with apple and pear notes as part of a rich mouth feel, finished by a hint of toast and cinnamon. This vintage sold out at the winery within four months of release, but the 2013 should be available this spring.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 220 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

By on February 3, 2014

Northwest Cellars 2010 Intrigue, Yakima Valley, $28

Puget Sound vintner Bob Delf produced a winning formula with his blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Syrah (34%), Petit Verdot (13%) and Malbec. The Syrah notes take over the nose in attractive fashion as blackberry jam leads allspice, tar and smoky toast. There’s a huge “Wow!” factor on the rich palate with blackberry, blueberry and cherry flavors wrapped up amid well-managed tannins and good acidity. Black pepper spice creates a long finish. While this wine no longer is available at the Kirkland headquarters, a few bottles can be had at the Nectar Tasting Room in downtown Spokane.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 146 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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