The wine is a lovely deep ruby in the glass. The nose is very interesting, with a whiff of leather that is layered upon rich ripe fruit, lovely spice, vanilla and a hint of dried flowers. The taste is just marvelous, with a subdued combination of fruit, blackberry and cherry cola with a hint of cassis and plum midpalate. The finish is divine, as the subdued tannins suddenly awaken and combine with a wash of acidity that supports the long, supple finish. Truly a pleasure to sip on a crisp autumn evening!
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 9, is it's just a quintessential Walla Walla blend that takes things up a notch. I have no idea how much I paid for this one either, and frankly that doesn't bother me a bit! As for pairings, it would be perfect with a variety of grilled meat, or spicy Italian fair, but of course since I am just getting home from a week in Indiana, I am enjoying this with some simple pasta and veggies with a parma rosa sauce. Cheers!