Wahluke Slope is backbone of Washington wine industry

By on July 24, 2016

Vino La Monarcha 2013 Sangiovese, Wahluke Slope, $20

vino-la-monarcha-sangiovese-2013-bottleWalla Walla winemaker Victor Palencia knows his way around the Wahluke Slope as well as anyone, so his results with often-overlooked Rosebud Vineyard come as no surprise. And he loves working with Hungarian barrels, too, which he blends with French oak for 14 months, leading with aromas of strawberry, fresh boysenberry pie, cranberry jam, chai spices and spearmint. That’s followed by hedonistic layers of blackberry and boysenberry, robust yet rounded tannins and a finish of milk chocolate. Palencia reaches for this with fajitas, pizza, anything saucy or beef and mushroom lasagna. Look for this at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Tito’s Italian Grill and Wine Shop in Coeur d’Alene and the Blackbird Tavern and Kitchen in downtown Spokane.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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