Cedar River Cellars 2013 Confluence, Columbia Valley, $30

By on January 11, 2016

cedar-river-cellars-confluence-nv-bottleLast fall, Puget Sound winemaker Micah Nasarow earned a featured spot for this blend as part of the rotating monthly lineup at the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center tasting room in Prosser, and it’s easy to see why. It’s dominated by Cabernet Sauvigon and Merlot from Portteus Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills, and there’s a smooth component of Syrah (34%) from Burgess Vineyard near Pasco, Wash. He reared this in twice-filled, re-coopered French oak barrels for 20 months, allowing for aromas of black cherry, plum and red currant, backed by chocolate, espresso and sweet herbs. The suave structure is rich, elegant and balanced as black cherries and chocolate sauce are framed by medium tannins. Fortunately, he tripled production from his 2012 edition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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