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

By on December 31, 2017

Pendulum 2014 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25

While the wines are produced in Walla Walla by John Freeman at Waterbrook, this program by Seattle-based Precept focuses on estate plantings in the Horse Heaven Hills (Alder Ridge Vineyard) and the Yakima Valley (Canyon Ranch Vineyard) with significant contributions from Willard Farms, another Yakima Valley site. Cabernet Sauvignon (55%) and Petit Verdot (16%) lead, with Syrah (14%) a significant component. It offers some grace and grip as aromas of cherry, blueberry taffy, white pepper and graphite lead to flavors of cassis, blackberry tea and cedar amid fine-grained tannins that evolve. Suggested pairings include anything off the barbecue or with chocolate, and these wines are available on Amazon.com.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 16,000 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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