This wine is a stunning and completely unique blend using exclusively Bordeaux varietals from the multiple vineyards farmed by Chris Figgins of Leonetti, FIGGINS and Doubleback. A classic Walla Walla profile of cedar and spice in the nose, with just a hint of dried roses, and a rich and dynamic flavor profile of raspberry, red currant, vining blackberry and a hint of toast. 2011 was a very difficult vintage for many winemakers as the fruit that mother nature provided was not as ripe as in previous years, but the end product, in the hands of a winemaker as gifted as Chris, is a much more elegant, European style wine that will have a very long life in the cellar. As Chris put it, "2011 separated the men from the boys in the vineyard" and we couldn't agree more.
ded.reckoning "The Rancher" is a tip of the hat to Chris's vineyard farming & cattle ranching, as he also raises Highland cattle he sells under the Lostine Cattle Co. brand.