Swiftwater Cellars 2009 Proprietary Red, Columbia Valley, $50

By on March 23, 2014

swiftwater-cellars-proprietary-red-2009-bottleThe Watts family has created a remarkable winery and restaurant experience overlooking the Rope Rider Golf Course at Suncadia Resort near Roslyn, Wash., and this high-end blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (74%), Merlot (11%), Syrah (8%), Petit Verdot (4%) and Cabernet Franc is harvested from Red Mountain, the Horse Heaven Hills and the Walla Walla Valley. There’s an investment of 100% French oak — 79% new barrels — which creates the mood of black plum, black currant, fresh cedar, black licorice, vanilla, allspice and dark toast. Inside is a solid reward of dark purple fruit with a rich tannin structure and pleasing depth. Suggested pairings include lamb, venison, a New York strip and wild mushrooms.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 1,237 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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