Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 70-61

By on December 27, 2014

68. Fujishin Family Cellars 2011 Petite Sirah, Snake River Valley, $22

fujishin-family-cellars-petite-sirah-2011-labelThe Polo Cove Vineyard, adjacent to acclaimed Fraser Vineyard west of Caldwell, Idaho, serves as Martin Fujishin’s source for this Rhône variety that is starting to gain a following in the Pacific Northwest. Part of its attraction is that inky quality which catches the eye, and that’s followed up with rich aromas of macerated blackberry, plum and black cherry with cocoa powder, moist earth and black olive. Inside is a penetrating entry with flavors of ripe plum, blackberry and tar, framed by pomegranate acidity, tobacco leaf and crushed walnut. While the tannin structure doesn’t quite pack the punch of many, there’s enough to hold everything together, making it a fun drink and a delicious introduction for those new to the grape.

Production: 94 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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