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by | Jul 7, 2013 | Washington wine | 0 comments

Helix by Reininger 2010 Phinny Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, $29

Washington wineWhen it comes to Washington Cabernet Sauvignon, there is this really cool little neighborhood in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. It includes such vineyards as Champoux, Martinez, Palengat and Phinny Hill among them. In the past few years, some of the finest red wines in the state have come from the grapes in this small area just north of the Columbia River. This stunner from Reininger in Walla Walla is no exception. It opens with aromas of black currant, allspice, black olive, black licorice and a hint of oak. On the palate, it reveals dark, juicy flavors of boysenberry and black licorice. Sturdy tannins provide structure without getting in the way of all the gorgeous fruit.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 611 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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