All the best: a dozen great wines

By on October 19, 2014

Ste. Chapelle 2011 ste-chapelle-panoramic-series-petit-verdot-2011-label Idaho Petit Verdot, Snake River Valley, $25

Seattle-based Precept Wine owns and operates Idaho’s largest winery, and the arrival of Napa refugee Bill Murray in 2008 helped inspire the company to invest in special projects such as this new Panoramic tier. Typically a blender in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot here is allowed to stand on its own as it exhibits aromas of blackberry, black currant, plum, vanilla and black pepper. There’s a match on the palate where it’s joined by powerful expression of plum skin tannin and Flathead Lake black raspberry acidity. And yet it finishes with satisfying roundness, a splash of coffee and sweet herbal notes.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 197 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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