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Maryhill Winery 2010 Clifton Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $40

Washington wineClifton Hill Vineyard is owned by the Milbrandt brothers and is along Highway 243 as one drives past the turnoff for the town of Mattawa. The Wahluke Slope is one of the warmest regions in Washington wine country and is considered by many winemakers as the workhorse of the industry because it consistently delivers beautifully ripe grapes vintage after vintage. This is a superb example, showing aromas of poached plum, black currant, moist earth, cedar, cumin and herbs. On the palate, it reveals flavors of boysenberry and savory herbs backed by elegant, fine-grained tannins.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 219 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.

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