What we’re drinking: Two Mountain Winery Vinho Vermelho

Mary writes:

This Washington winery is a nine-year-old family-owned operation nestled in the Rattlesnake Hills of the Yakima Valley.  Two brothers, Matthew and Patrick Rawn, own and operate the winery and estate vineyard.

Two Mountain Winery produces Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Syrah, Lemberger, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. (Actually, this blog should be titled: “What we wish we could have more of!”)

The Vinho Vermelho (Portuguese for red wine) is made from one of the six grapes that are native to, and allowed in, Portuguese Porto. Winemaker Matt Rawn aged the wine in American oak for more than two years.

Most American wineries make port from grapes such as Cabernet, Syrah and Zinfandel. In the U.S., very little acreage is planted to the noble Touriga Nacional grape.

Their website says it best:

Inviting flavors of candied citrus, chocolate, dark fruits and deep smoke.

The “deep” is a term hard to wrap the brain around, especially when describing smoke. The Two Mountain Winery 2005 Yakima Valley Vinho Vermelho is listed at $47.