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

By on December 31, 2017

Sagelands Vineyard 2014 Riverbed Red, Columbia Valley, $10

Best Buy! Erstwhile owner Chalone Wine Group changed the name of this brand from Staton Hills Winery to Sagelands Vineyard. Fortunately, Precept’s team of winemakers is holding steady onto the concept of quality at affording pricing with this Cab-heavy blend that includes a pleasing injection of Syrah (12%). The nose of Chukar Cherry, dark toast and black pepper follows with delicious purple flavors of plum and boysenberry jam. There’s less oak influence on the palate, where the mouth feel is approachable and comes with a touch of sweetness that extends the finish. Serve alongside barbecued meats, roasted vegetables or hard cheeses. The Sagelands Vineyard wines can be found on grocery shelves at Safeway, QFC and Fred Meyer.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 3,335 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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