09 Nov Dynamite 2nd Label Reds
These two bargains are second labels of prestigious estates in Washington and California, respectively. Sleight of Hand in Columbia Valley has an established reputation for quality wines, cooky labels, and a strong sense of vision. Round Pond is a classic estate in Napa Valley, widely known for its series of Cabernets. The Kith & Kin is an approachable, fruit-forward Cabernet that drinks well young. Both of these are excellent values.
2014 Renegade Wine Co. (by Sleight of Hand) Grenache, Columbia Valley
On Sale $12.99
Less than 300 cases of this gem were made! This is a really strong second label of Sleight of Hand, a more widely-known estate in Walla Walla. The wine is delicious and interesting. Grenache on its own is common from France or Spain, but not from the US. It has a strong strawberry character with a subtle savory, smoky note around the edges.
2015 Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
On Sale $27.99
A striking example of a balanced wine, featuring ripe, juicy dark berry, spice, herb and dusty oak, with firm yet tender tannins that let the flavors glide happily along. Drink now through 2028. 14,392 cases made.
90 Points, The Wine Spectator