Walla Walla rising with reds

By on March 13, 2018

Nodland Cellars 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $40

Spokane attorney/winemaker/jazz guitarist Tim Nodland devotes his top two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from venerable Pepper Bridge Vineyard for his aptly named reserve program, which he launched a decade ago. This Cab exhibits maturity, starting with the dark reddish hue, and following through with notes of brownie mix, Bing cherry and cassis. Those plush red fruit tones lead to an elegant finish of toast and bright acidity backed by clove and black licorice. This winter, Nodland moved out of the tasting room he created downtown in the old Chronicle Building. He’s focused his efforts back into his Spokane Valley vinification facility and transitioning to a member-driven wine program.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 40 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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