Wahluke Slope is backbone of Washington wine industry

By on July 24, 2016

Forgeron Cellars 2013 Primitivo, Wahluke Slope, $35

forgeron-cellars-primitivo-2013-bottleOne of the prime spots in the Pacific Northwest for Italian varieties is Tedd Wildman’s StoneTree Vineyard, which explains why longtime Walla Walla winemaker Marie-Eve Gilla devotes her Primitivo to this hot site. She brought this lot back to the winery on Sept. 26, pressed it off on Oct. 10, then aged it in neutral American oak. A sense of toastiness leads to aromas of mocha, black pepper and sassafras followed by blackberry, black currant and black cherry. Inside, there’s a mouth-filling presentation of blueberry and Montmorency cherry that’s bracketed by pleasing tannins, juicy pomegranate acidity and a pinch of pipe tobacco. Suggested pairings include charcuterie and prosciutto.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 161 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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