Rhône-style red blends perfect for Pacific Northwest

By on November 29, 2015

Northwest Cellars 2012 Madrigal Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $24

northwest-cellars-madrigal-2012-labelGrenache continues its rise in Washington state, and one of the region’s top triumvirates — Snipes Mountain grower Todd Newhouse, winemaker/sidekick Robert Smasne and vintner Robert Delf — collaborated on this stunning GSM-style blend. It leads with Grenache (70%), followed by equal parts Mourvèdre and Syrah to create aromas of coffee, plum, fig, fresh mint and saddle leather. Inside, there’s a velvety structure of blackberry and black currant as the tannins and acidity work together to lift the fruit. Light toast and smoke from the barrel settle in the background, which is capped by food-friendly bitterness and sweet herbs.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 142

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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