Coyote Canyon Winery 2013 Coyote Canyon Vineyard Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, 25

By on April 19, 2017

Justin Michaud was new to Horse Heaven Hills fruit, Mike Andrews’ vineyard and Primitivo as a variety, but the Washington State University grad has proven to be a quick study. This bottle began Sept. 20 at harvest, and Michaud found Merlot (11%) to be a ready partner with this Croatian grape. Its intense cherry aroma includes strawberry jam, malt and fresh-cut hay, which leads to flavors of blackcap raspberry, black currants and blackberry jam. Merlot adds a welcome bit of grip in the tannins akin to cherry skins, and the structure wears the alcohol rather well. This vintage earned a gold medal at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle, and last winter, it added a gold from the Capital Food and Wine Festival Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 233 cases

Alcohol: 15.7%

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