Genny’s Pick: 2016 Airfield Dauntless, $14.99

This month I have been intrigued by Washington red blends. Always looking to find a delicious wine that fits my budget, I tried this wine from the Yakima Valley. Once again, Washington did not let me down. Unlike the big, bold Tempranillo’s and Malbecs that I tend to gravitate to, this Merlot dominant blend had the lighter body and elegance more typical of some Old World wines. It was full of character; I was pleasantly surprised. The Dauntless certainly has some depth and complexity. According to the winemaker, “This Right Bank Bordeaux style blend encapsulates the richness of plum and spice with the elegance of smooth tannins and soft oak. Black cherry flavors on the palate lead to a long, well balanced finish.” Enjoy this wonderful red with your favorite pasta, or chuck roast. I’ll be checking out Washington blends more often!