Martin-Scott Winery 2012 Needlerock Vineyard Counoise, Columbia Valley, $28

By on March 4, 2015

martin-scott-counoiseThe Scott family farms its Needlerock Vineyard just upriver from the Columbia River’s Rock Island Dam near Wenatchee, Wash., and while some of their Counoise has been used in the wide-ranging Cole’s Collage blend, this bottling of the Rhône variety shows merit on its own. The nose of black cherry, plum syrup, cola, dried strawberry and toast leads to a remarkably delicious drink of Rainier cherry and white strawberry. It carries blood orange acidity akin to a Grenache and easy tannins, making for a smooth and fruit-forward finish. Enjoy with roasted chicken or pork loin with a cherry sauce.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 54 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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