Best Northwest wines of 2015: 50-41

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45. Clearwater Canyon Cellars 2013 Carménère, Washington, $28

Clearwater Canyon Cellars-2013-CarménèreLewis-Clark Valley vintner Coco Umiker continues her excellence with this lesser-known Bordeaux variety from Phinny Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. She blends in Malbec (11%) from Verhey Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills above the Yakima Valley, which adds a sense of elegance throughout. The theme of red cherry, cassis and raspberry includes a pinch of black pepper and fresh oregano, which gives it a herbaceous charm that appeals to many fans of leafy Cabernet Franc. It’s a rich on the entry, shows refinement on the midpalate and finishes with gorgeous balance and spice.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 117 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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