Darighe time

It’s almost Darighe time and the excitement is mounting in Washington state! Woodhouse Family Cellars is releasing the 2002 vintage of its flagship Darighe label, and if you have $45 to spend on a bottle of exquisite red wine, send in your pre-order now. (Cases can be purchased at a 15% discount.) Pre-orders will be taken until Sept. 30. Then the price goes back to $50 for a bottle and $540 for a case. The wine will be available for pick up and shipping in late November.

The 2002 Darighe, with its deep garnet hue, is a traditional old-world wine, a Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Malbec and 13% Petit Verdot.

According to the tasting notes: “On the nose, the new French oak imparts rich spicy notes of vanilla, clove, nutmeg, anise and cedar, which support a complex fruit core of ripe plums, black cherries, cassis, minerals and wet earth. On the palate, the wine enters round and sweet, quickly broadening to incorporate the ripe fruit flavors of plums, black cherries, earth, cassis and vanilla, as well as the dense tannic structure that is a hallmark of Darighe. The fruit flavors and spiced vanilla notes mingle in the lengthy finish.

Owner Bijal Shah gave us a little preview when we were at a tasting at Woodhouse Family Cellars about a month ago, and I must say 2002 Darighe is going to be as highly coveted as its predecessor, 2001 Darighe.