Best Northwest wines of 2015: 50-41

By on December 28, 2015

42. The Conqueror 2012 Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $31

the-conqueror-red-wine-2013-bottleIn the midst of acquisitions and vineyard planting, Seattle-based Precept Wine continues to usher brands into the marketplace with aplomb — thanks in large part to its cadre of talented winemakers and expanding estate fruit program. The Conqueror is a Syrah-based blend from Canoe Ridge Vineyard (91%) and recently acquired The Benches, and the lot spent 20 months in a wood program of 33% new French oak. Its redolent with aromas of President plum, chocolate-covered cherry, black raspberry, nutmeg and rose petals. On the palate, its fruit, oak profile and structure are stunning as beautiful blackberry jam and black currant flavors lead to a creamy midpalate with sandy tannins. A scrape of vanilla bean and Marionberry acidity make for a finish that offers tremendous length. It’s only been in bottle for 12 months, but it’s already on a plane.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 500 cases

Alcohol: 13.6%

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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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