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

By on December 27, 2014

63. Westport Winery NV Rapture of the Deep, Washington, $26

westport-winery-rapture-of-the-deep-labelWashington coastal winemaker Dana Roberts reaches into nearby bogs to produce this off-dry sparkling cranberry that’s annually become one of the Pacific Northwest’s most decorated nongrape wines. The frothy bubbles first tickle the nose with hints of fresh red berries, which lead to full-on cranberry flavors, backed by orange zest and raspberry. It’s bright, refreshing and shows delightful balance of acidity and sweetness, which comes across much lower than the listed 12.5% residual sugar. A portion of the proceeds are donated to The Driftwood Theater in Aberdeen, and it not only received a gold medal but also best of class at the 2014 Capital Food & Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Production: 90 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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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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