Helix by Reininger 2008 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $25

By on April 14, 2014

helix-by-reininger-stillwater-creek-vineyard-sangiovese-bottleThis remarkable site overlooking Royal City in Washington’s Frenchman Hills has worked with Walla Walla’s Chuck Reininger on this Italian variety for several vintages. Sangiovese clone 19 and clone 23, the later of which has been traced to Romanga, combine to create aromas of black raspberry with underbrush, backed by strawberry, graphite and smoky molasses. Its flavor profile brings ripe brambleberries along with high-toned red fruit of red currant and pie cherry, mineralty and chocolate. Just as important, the food-friendly acid profile pushes the friendly tannins into the background. Suggested fare includes duck, pork, sausage, venison and dishes featuring Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and basil. Additional possibilities include sauces incorporating cherries, figs, plums and raspberries.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 378 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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