Washington, a red wine state, continues to focus on blends

By on December 31, 2017

San Juan Vineyards 2013 Red Wine, Horse Heaven Hills, $19

Two of Washington’s largest and oldest plantings in the Horse Heaven Hills come together for this Left Bank Bordeaux-style blend as Cabernet Sauvignon (48%) and Merlot (12%) from Destiny Ridge are joined by Cabernet Franc from Alder Ridge. Francophiles will especially appreciate its pleasant theme of red cherry, pink peppercorns, herbs de Provence and light use of barrel – 20 months in neutral French oak. It’s not trying to be a big wine, finishing with smooth and rounded tannins, a hint of toast and cassis.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 620 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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