Great value second-label red blend from Washington’s Scarborough Winery. Red currants, anise, blackberries and damp earth enhanced with soft yet sturdy tannins. Smooth on the finish, which lingers long enough to invite the next sip. Try it with a well-charred medium-rare ribeye. $15
Top Values of 2012—San Francisco Chronicle.
The “O” stands for “opportunity” in this juicy little number from Washington State’s Columbia Valley, as each bottle sold translates into college scholarship opportunities for low-income women. Mostly Merlot, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah making up the balance. Deep, dark fruit shines through on the nose and palate, making this a natural with hearty beef stew. $16
Forgeron makes a stunner of a Cab in a region, Washington’s Columbia Valley, known for great Cab. At our last Case Lot Sale in March, the 2009 Forgeron took the prize at our blind tasting over heavy hitters from California, Italy and Australia. Pick up a bottle and find out why! It’s got deep fruit and fine tannic presence, with undertones of spice and earth that really round out the palate. Bold, full-bodied, and with a long, lasting finish, it’s a natural pair for grilled flank steaks with a spicy hoisin marinade. $36