TERO Estates 2013 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley • $38
Doug Roskelley’s two-barrels of prized Petit Verdot from his Windrow Vineyard, the Walla Walla Valley’s oldest commercial planting, reveal this lesser-known Bordeaux variety’s character that’s often blended into Meritage-style wines. Richly concentrated from the expressive aroma, it transitions through the lush blackberry and dark plum fruit that melds with toasty oak nuances on the midpalate. Complex and full-bodied with chalky tannins, its firm structure persists alongside the savory finish of black olive. (47 cases, 14.1% alc.) Awards: Seattle Wine Awards (double gold), Oregon Wine Awards (double gold).