Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 100-91

By on December 26, 2014

93. Cathedral Ridge Winery 2013 Bolton Vineyard Reserve Barbera, Columbia Valley, $48

cathedral-ridge-winery-logo-blackSonoma-based Michael Sebastiani continues to lord over the program at this Hood River, Ore., winery for owner Robb Bell, and he’s produced another stunning example of Barbera from Bolton Vineyard near Dufur, Ore. There are ample oak tones of dark chocolate behind the nose of blueberry and huckleberry, and the drink is rich and elegant with a purity of fruit. Flavors of blackberry and huckleberry are joined by bittersweet chocolate, sandy tannins and blueberry acidity. It’s delicious from start to finish. The 2012 achieved a rare double gold at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and the follow-up vintage picked up a gold medal at this fall at the inaugural Columbia Gorge Wine Competition.

Production: 350 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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