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Red blends big deal across great Northwest
Sparkman Cellars 2014 Wilderness Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25
One of Christian Sparkman’s most affordable and available reds also ranks among his best, an Iberian Peninsula-driven blend of Syrah (54%), Petite Sirah (17%) and Grenache (12%) with Portuguese varieties Tempranillo (11%), Souzão (4%) and Touriga Naçional contributing, too. His winemaker, Linn Scott, draws from stellar vineyards such as Boushey, Clifton Hill, Kiona and Olsen to build beautiful aromas of plum, blueberry and raspberry with cherry blossom and peach skin. Chocolate-covered pomegranate and sweet blueberry flavors strike a terrific balance that’s capped by a spoonful of cherry pie filling. In 2007, the Sparkmans began donating a portion of this wine’s sales to The Wilderness Society, and production of the Wilderness Red has grown nearly six times along the way.
Production: 1,126 cases