The Pines 1852 2012 The Pines Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, $40

By on December 20, 2014

The Pines 1852-The Pines Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel-Columbia Gorge-2012-BottleLonnie Wright established himself as one of the Pacific Northwest’s top vineyard managers three decades ago, which explains how he managed to restore these vines, planted more than a century ago near The Dalles, Ore. They were virtually forgotten for more than 20 years before he was introduced to them in 1982, and uber-talent Peter Rosback began turning them into award-winning wines in 2001. This release, 40 years after its discovery, dazzles with tones of dark raspberry, strawberry fruit leather and white pepper, making for a deep, rich and spicy drink. This fall, it earned a silver medal at the 2014 Columbia Gorge Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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