Northwest Cellars 2011 Intrigue, Columbia Valley, $28

By on July 4, 2014

northwest-cellars-intrigue-2011-labelYakima Valley winemaker extraordinare Robert Smasne set the table for this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%), Syrah (27%), Malbec (19%) and Carménère at their Kirkland winery. There’s a fair bit of barrel toast influence early on, but it’s backed up by aromas of black cherry, a pinch of sage and chalkboard dust — a hint of Horse Heaven Hills influence. The drink comes loaded with brambly fruit flavors of blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry mixed with dark chocolate, a combination that offers pleasing balance and structure of solid tannin and juicy acidity.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 439 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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