2005 Andrew Will Cuvée Lucia Cabernet Sauvignon ($25)
2003 Cougar Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($55)
Boutique Walla Walla producer Cougar Crest sources grapes from two of its estate vineyards—Stellar and Cougar Hills—for this elegant, structured Cabernet. Notes of mint and red currant lift its wild berry flavors.
2004 Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)
Winemaker Jean-François Pellet somehow transformed fruit from the difficult 2004 vintage into this velvety, complex Cabernet, with mocha notes from 21 months of aging in French oak barrels.
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2005 Amavi Walla Walla Valley Syrah ($26)
Savory green peppercorn notes in the aroma and flavor mark this focused, northern Rhône-style Syrah. Jean-François Pellet, winemaker at Pepper Bridge, is one of the partners in this small, family-owned winery.