A couple of years ago, a bottle of Patterson Cellars Woodslake Due Anni red wine was the “IT” present at a Christmas party. I lost track of how many times that bottle of wine circled the room as people dissatisfied with the wine they had opened, stole the Woodslake Due Anni from someone else. The party gift rules stated bring a wrapped bottle of wine $15 or under and the Due Anni was the star of the evening.

Woods lake Due Anni

Woods Lake: the original Patterson Cellars

Fast forward two years and the Patterson Cellars Woodslake Due Anni is still only $15 and just as delicious as ever. Due Anni means two years in Italian and each year John Patterson crafts this intriguing blend from the current vintage and the one prior. This year, the wine is composed of:2008 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 7% Merlot and 2009 22% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is an inexpensive wine that is multi-layered with fruit, spice and wood notes. An ideal food wine, the Due Anni is priced for weekday dinners and parties. I really enjoyed it with grilled flank steak out in the yard. This Washington wine has some complexity but is never pretentious.

Woods Lake was the original name for Patterson Cellars, before moving the winery from Monroe to Woodinville. Due to the enduring popularity of the Due Anni, this wine retains its original winery name.