Darby Purple Haze
Red Blend 2015
Columbia Valley, Washington
We have for you another stunning vintage of Purple Haze! This wine is gorgeous, rich and polished, offering a dense, tightly focused core of blackberry, cassis and Mocha-showing terrific length and detail on the finish, which goes on and on.… A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cab Franc and Syrah.
"Winemaker to Watch" Seattle Magazine
“Darby English caught the wine bug in a big way when he moved back to Seattle from Arizona, where he’d been a competitive golfer and wine buyer. He discovered the Woodinville scene, and in 2004 began making wine in his basement there. His first experiment was “a big learning experience,” and in 2005, some Walla Walla fruit he used “opened his eyes” to the value of high-quality grapes in the winemaking process. “I’m a big Rhones fan,” English says, and he seeks out single-vineyard lots of Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne, and ferments each one separately for his La Douce Roussanne, The Dark Side Syrah and other wines. “What we do is labor intensive and takes a long time,” he says. “But it creates a much better, more balanced wine.” English, 37, feels that this arduous process lets him get to know the wines. And so far, all the extra work is paying off.”