Pondera Winery 2012 LTD X Red, Columbia Valley, $42

By on January 9, 2016

pondera-winery-ltd-x-2012-labelAward-winning vintner Shane Howard, whose 2012 Cabernet Franc merited a spot on The Seattle Times’ Top 50 list from 2015, continues to “live the dream” in Woodinville, and his Right Bank-style blend of Merlot (39%), Cabernet Franc (36%), Cabernet Sauvignon (19%), Malbec (4%) and Petit Verdot from Stillwater Creek shows his passion for blending. Dusty blueberry, huckleberry and chalkboard dust notes also allow for ample oak expression with hints of a vanilla latte. Its big fruit profile and moderate tannin profile finishes with a hint of gaminess and vanilla extract.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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