Chandler Reach 36 Red, NV
Chandler Reach Winery is located in Benton City, Washington on the fringe of the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain appellations. They have been producing some lovely wines over the past 5-10 years with an emphasis on Italian style and quality varietals and blends. This 36 Red wine (non vintage) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and perhaps Syrah and Merlot. The wine is named after a weather beaten 1936 red flatbed truck that belongs to the owner/winemaker Len Parris. All the fruit is sourced from the Chandler Reach estate vineyards and the wine is aged in oak barrels for over 20 months. This is an easy drinking wine with pleasant dark berry flavors of cherries and raspberries along with some cranberry and plums. This is a medium bodied wine with smooth tannins and a lingering, harmonious finish. We enjoyed this wine with some barbecued chicken and corn on the cob. A very nice summer wine. We purchased this at the winery for about $14. Their new winery and tasting room is fashioned after a Tuscan villa and is well worth a visit!
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