Lookout Point Winery NV The Temptress Red Wine, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

By on March 28, 2016

lookout-point-the-temptress-red-wine-nv-labelYakima psychiatrist George Petzinger blends Cabernet Sauvignon (75%) and Merlot from two Yakima Valley sites — Good Earth Vineyard and Two Coyote Vineyard — with most of the juice having lived in oak since 2010. There’s no sign of either oxidation or age, instead it offers aromas of chocolate-covered cherry, dark currant, pencil shavings, sage and violets. Inside, there’s more of the sweet oak coming through with dark red fruit flavors, and the long-running tannins hint at the some of the structure coming from oak. Juicy cranberry acidity and vanilla bourbon keep pushing alongside those tannins for a warm finish. Enjoy with pot roast or meatloaf, and look for it via the winery’s website or Essencia Artisan Bakery and Chocolaterie in Yakima.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 95 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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