Helix by Reininger 2010 Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese, Columbia Valley, $30

By on August 20, 2015

Helix by Reininger-2010-Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sangiovese BottleChuck Reininger continues his string of success with this Italian variety from Stillwater Creek Vineyard — the estate site for Novelty Hill in Woodinville — and this is easily his largest production of the past three releases. More than two years in French oak brings aromas of dark chocolate and fresh-brewed coffee in front of black currant,  blackberry, vanilla and graphite. That theme leads to a pleasing mouth feel of strawberry, Craisin and raspberry with delicious touches of cinnamon powder, white pepper and minerality.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 534 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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