Pirouette 2011 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $55

By on June 9, 2014

pirouette-bottleLong Shadows Vintners’ latest Meritage-style collaboration from Philippe Melka and Agustin Huneeus, Sr. of Quintessa fame is arguably is best to date, featuring a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (53%), Merlot (23%), Petit Verdot (15%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Malbec from Candy Mountain, Dionysus, StoneTree and Red Mountain. Their option of new French oak (75%) sets the mood with aromas of brown sugar and cocoa powder, but there’s plenty of blackberry, dark plum and dark strawberry to go along with smoky toast. The power of Red Mountain Cab shows early with frontal tannins, yet its long and silky with dark cherry, boysenberry and chocolate, backed by blueberry acidity. Only large-format bottles are available at the Walla Walla tasting gallery, but check with your favorite wine merchant regarding his allocation.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,716 cases

Alcohol: 14.9%

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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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