Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Needlerock Vineyard Estate Montepulciano, Columbia Valley, $24

By on April 30, 2018

martin scott winery needlerock vineyard montepulciano 2013 bottle1 - Martin-Scott Winery 2014 Needlerock Vineyard Estate Montepulciano, Columbia Valley, $24The Scott family gradually is increasing production of its program for Montepulciano. In many instances throughout Italy, Montepulciano is blended with Sangiovese. Wenatchee Valley grower/winemaker Mike Scott doesn’t do that with his Montepulciano, which he grows next to the Tempranillo on his Needlerock Vineyard overlooking the Columbia River, just upstream from Rock Island Dam. His used of almost neutral French oak makes for a nose of blueberry fruit leather, caramel, espresso and lavender. It’s a very easy drink of ripe Bing cherry, Marionberry and blueberry, backed by chocolate shavings and sweet clove in the finish. Suggested pairings range from poultry, lasagna, couscous with beef, veggie pizza and gyros. Cheeses that the Scott enjoy Montepulciano with include Crottin, Edam, Havarti, Manchego and Pecorino.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 75 cases

Alcohol: 15.2%

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