Only the best: 12 Outstanding Northwest wines

By on May 4, 2014

Gamache Vintners 2009 Gamache • Champoux Barrel Select Nicolas Reserve, Columbia Valley, $55

gamache-vintners-heritage-series-nicolas-bottleA part of the Gamache brothers’ Heritage Series, this blend of estate Bordeaux varieties with fruit from Champoux Vineyard (38%) achieves astounding harmony and complexity in the hands of Charlie Hoppes and Mitch Venohr. The Meritage-style melange of Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Cabernet Franc (25%) and Merlot brings out aromas of red currant, black cherry, plum jam, chocolate, cedar and porcini mushroom. Inside, it’s a nice example of Bordeaux with ripe red fruit, bittersweet chocolate tannins and good acidity, capped by bits of black olive bite and bell pepper. It serves as a graceful use of 100% new French oak barrels.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 205 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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.

One Comment

  1. Jeff Curry

    May 6, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Yay ans congratulations for Kramer Vineyards! I have always wanted the best for this winery and it seems they have an even brighter future ahead of them with Kim Kramer as their head Winemaker.

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