William Grassie Wine Estates 2011 Courageux, Columbia Valley, $45

By on July 2, 2014

william-grassie-courageux-2011-labelThe debut vintage of Woodinville winemaker Bill Grassie shows a focus on Bordeaux varieties, a knowledge of some of the state’s top vineyards and the skills to create award-winning wines. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (73%), Merlot (25%) and Petit Verdot came from Ambassador, Copeland, Dineen, Klipsun and Stillwater Creek, and it offers a balanced nose of fruit and barrel — primarily new French oak. Aromas come with hints of black cherry, cola, cocoa, black pepper and sweet pipe tobacco. The drink is light to medium bodied with notes of red currant and boysenberry with a pinch of sage in the finish. These wines are available at Jak’s Grill in Issaquah and can be ordered at liquor stores and wine merchants in his home state of Kansas.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 115 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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