We don't know which song they want sung, but this wine certainly sings! For a Song is a collaboration between winemaker Kyle Johnson and importer Mike de Maar. Their goal was to make exceptional wines from great vineyards throughout the Pacific Northwest and to keep their prices low in relation to the quality. And they've certainly succeeded here.
Their mission took them to the Columbia Valley of Washington State. To a good many of people in the wine trade, it's no secret that the Columbia Valley is one of the best areas for growing grapes there is. The region has yet to get the accolades it's due from the public, but the quality is certainly in the bottle.
Columbia Valley is at the same latitude as Bordeaux and shares similar soils. What makes this area so incredible are the long days during the growing season. Those long days mean about an extra half hour of sunshine every day. Because of the cool climate, the grapes retain their acids as the sunlight ripens them. This results in incredible flavors that are all held in check by the acids. The wines from this region are better balanced than almost any place else.
You get a hint of what to expect in the very deep, opaque color, which straddles the line between purple and black. The nose is an unending plethora of bold black cherry, black plum, anise, earth and spice just waiting to descend on the palate. The flavors are rich and restrained at the same time. The wine enters with size but then the soft edges shine through and deposit lovely flecks of flavor all the way to the grand finish.