Washington is probably my favorite region right now. I've tried a few different wineries, including the two that are almost synonymous with Washington wine. One of them, Chateau Ste. Michelle, gives us Orphelin - a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Souzao and Touriga.
The blending of nine (9) different grapes makes for a complex wine, but almost an intimidating one as well if you are the new guy on the wine block like I am. I expected the wine to dance across my pallette and thoroughly confuse me, but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth this wine is. I would drink this as a great everyday wine, though I'm not sure if it is one that would spark much conversation amongst dinner guests.
This bottle cost $20 at my local wine shop. I'm not sure I would buy it again for more than $15. And I feel bad saying that since I liked the wine so much, but I have had a lot of good wines at $10-12 recently so it is hard to justify the extra money for this one.
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