Kyra’s 2011 Garnet marks the launch of a new label, named for Kyra’s great-grandmother, that will focus on blends from her estate vineyards on the Wahluke Slope — Pheasant and Purple Sage. The debut vintage is Merlot (33%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Petit Verdot (20%), Malbec (14%) and Sangiovese (13%). Her use of French, American and Hungarian oak shows in the nose of espresso, cocoa powder, ground savory and brown sugar with sweet cherry notes. The influence of the Italian grape Sangiovese shows in the acidity that penetrates the juicy drink of plum and blueberry, backed by subtle tannins. Perfect now, the wine shows a tremendous versatility with foods due to its closely balanced showcase of varietals. This wine would pair especially well with pot roast, pork ribs, grilled chicken, and smoked cheeses.