This wine is made by Kiona Vineyards and seems to be part of several wines showing up at GO from this long time family producer on Red Mountain AVA at the east end of the Yakima Valley. Lim13 reviewed a late harvest Sauvignon Blanc and has a Mourvedre Rosé in his queue.
First thing I noticed was the cork, it was real and in perfect shape with no ullage and only an eighth inch ring on the bottom. The nose was very appealing with smoke, coffee, savory herbs, and just a touch of raspberry fruit. On the palate it started out a little hot, with chewy tannins and very subdued cherry fruit. This all toned down after a half hour and the tobacco and herbs became most prevalent. I am not a cigar smoker, but I likened this to drinking the best parts of a fine cigar. Good acid with a lingering finish and although most of the fruit is gone, the tobacco and savory herbs I found very enjoyable. I give this a thumbs up as how often can you try a thirteen year old WA merlot for $6 that still has some moxie. I might pick up a couple more and the label is actually kind of fun.