Appellation: Lake Chelan
Owner Robert Jankelson has created one of the most beautiful destination wineries in the Northwest, building this Italian-style winery on the south shore of Lake Chelan. He planted his grapes where some of the worlds best Red Delicious apples once stood, and winemaker Shane Collins has crafted a superb Sangiovese from them. This opens with aromas of cherry, rhubarb and oak, followed by flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, chocolate and mint. Its a nicely structured and well-balanced red. Rated "Outstanding" by Great Northwest Wine. (13.7 percent alcohol)
Cases produced: 163
Food pairings: Enjoy this with lasagna, tri-tip or grilled portobello mushrooms.
Tsillan Cellars, 3875 Highway 97A, Chelan, 509-682-9463, www.tsillancellars.com