45. Reininger Winery 2010 Seven Hills Vineyard Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $48
Carmenérè, a red Bordeaux grape nearly lost during the great phylloxera scourge of 19th century – and rediscovered in Chile – has become a cult favorite in the Walla Walla Valley, where it reveals its greatness. The grapes for this come from renowned Seven Hills, a vineyard on the Oregon side of the valley. Lush dusty brambleberries and savory notes ooze from a glass of this wine on first approach. On the palate, it’s blueberries, then blackberries and black pepper, backed by a small bit of black licorice and cranberry tannins in its lengthy finish.
Production: 189 cases
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