Brian Carter Cellars 2008 Le Coursier, Columbia Valley, $34

By on December 2, 2014

brian-carter-cellars-le-coursier-nv-labelMaster blender Brian Carter takes a “Right Bank” angle with his five-grape Bordeaux blend that leads with Merlot (52%) and one that he formerly called L’Etalon. Solstice (47%) and StoneTree (41%) vineyards provide the building blocks for a foundation that is showing no signs of slowing down. Classic aromas of black currant, blackberry and dusty cherry are joined by anise, tar and a pine forest. Those same black fruits emerge and swirl with a long and lovely finish of licorice and bittersweet chocolate. The chewy tannins are meant for well-marbled meats. Last year, we also gave the younger 2009 Le Coursier our top rating, but this shows a bit more gusto.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,010 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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