Basalt Cellars 2012 Rim Rock Red, Columbia Valley, $20

By on February 14, 2015

BC RIM ROCK RED FRONT & BACKRick Wasem’s blend has earned gold medals at Bay Area competitions for several years, including the Sunset International and San Francisco Chronicle. The Clarkston, Wash., winemaker’s latest version is showing nicely, too, as it leads with Cabernet Sauvignon (36%) and gathers up Syrah (22%) and Merlot from a combination of Dwelley and Spofford Station vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Verhey in the Yakima Valley and Weinbau on the Wahluke Slope. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, charcoal and minerality set the stage for a fluid that’s rich, delicious and nicely structured with Marionberry and black currant flavors. In Seattle, their wines are available in the Pike Place Market at Quintessential Gourmet, a tasting room that also offers olive oils and vinegars.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 cases

Alcohol: 15.1%

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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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