An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Three Rivers Winery 2012 River’s Red, Columbia Valley, $14

three-rivers-winery-rivers-red-2012-bottleBest Buy! Holly Turner bills this as a wine for food and friends, and she produced a striking package with her fun blend of Merlot (44%), Sangiovese (33%), Syrah (16%), Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), Lemberger (2%) and Cabernet Franc. The gorgeous nose is reminiscent of Hawaiin Fruit Punch and blueberry milkshake with hints of vanilla and cola. There’s a massive delivery of dark blue fruit with tons of structure, making this a big, rich and delicious wine. Enjoy with charcuterie from Salumiere Cesario in Walla Walla.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 8,620 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. 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 a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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