Washington State
August 10, 2010

Gorman Sinner’s Punch 2006

Once again I continue to be impressed by both the red and white wines coming out of Washington State.  I recently purchased three bottles of Gorman Sinner’s Punch 2006 at a wine tasting featuring wines from both Washington State and Oregon.  I can’t tell you how many of the wines on offer were above average and very reasonably priced.  Sinner’s Punch is produced in Washington’s largest AVA the Columbia Valley.  This red wine is a collaboration between two area wine makers Chris Gorman and Mark Ryan McNeilly who also makes my favorite viognier from his Mark Ryan Winery.  It is a deep, dark purple color in the glass and is a blend of 90% syrah and 10% cabernet sauvignon.  On the nose I got a pleasant jammy aroma.  The flavors of dark cherries, spices, and subtle vanilla gave way to some nice tannins. There is just enough acidity present to give it a smooth balance and finish.  I would recommend decanting this wine before drinking as it just keeps getting better and better the longer it’s opened.  I have one bottle left and I know it won’t be around for long.  Sinner’s Punch 2006 is another great wine from Washington State and retails for under $17.

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