TERO Estates 2012 Windrow Vineyard Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $41

By on November 30, 2015

TERO Estates 2012 Petit Verdot bottleWalla Walla winemakers Mike Tembreull and Doug Roskelley purchased historic Windrow Vineyard — a portion of the original Seven Hills Vineyard near Milton-Freewater, Ore. — in the spring of 2007 and subsequently formed TERO Estates, a combination of the first two letters of their surnames. Their lineup focuses on work with red Bordeaux varieties off their estate, and these three barrels’ worth of Petit Verdot can serve as template for others. Dark aromas of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, black cherry, black tea and spice lead to a big and bold delivery of blackberry and blueberry flavors. There’s a luscious and rich midpalate that offers hints of chocolate-covered pomegranate before its driven finish of firm tannins, green tea and French roast coffee. Their effort earned a silver medal at the 2015 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition — a scholarship fundraiser for the viticulture and enology program at Walla Walla Community College. TERO Estates wines are available in their tasting room just off the Marcus Whitman Hotel lobby and by appointment at their winery in Windrow Vineyard.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 72 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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