Great Northwest Wine top 100 wines of 2014: 50-41

By on December 28, 2014

45. Helix by Reininger 2009 Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $27

helix-by-reininger-stillwater-creek-vineyard-sangiovese-bottleChuck Reininger produced half as much of Sangiovese from scenic Stillwater Creek Vineyard as the previous vintage, but this already seems to be outshining the 2008. Fruit from the Frenchman Hills site  within used French barrels offers aromas of black currant, dark cherry and earthiness of black truffle and porcini mushroom. Inside, it’s rich, rounded and delicious with black cherry and dark plum. Fine-grained tannins arrive just in time to provide a savory finish with some oak toast. Enjoy with richly flavored meats and tomato-based dishes.

Production: 192 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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