Northwest Cellars 2013 Fortissimo Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $24

By on March 26, 2017

Syrah often is the secret sauce behind many of the Pacific Northwest’s top proprietary red blends, and the winemaking tandem of Robert Delf and Robert Smasne make it the lead grape (60%) in this blend from Spofford Station, Tasawik and Verhey vineyards. That Rhône red allows for aromas of Marionberry syrup, cola, toast and white pepper with a hint of game. Inside, there’s more Marionberry, backed by black currant and blueberry. Sandy tannins, pomegranate acidity, tobacco and dark chocolate combine for a rewarding finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 208 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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