Jovinea Cellars 2016 Mel’s Victory Red, Walla Walla Valley & Columbia Valley, $24

By on March 6, 2019

Lisa Grigg and her husband, Michael, have a small vineyard in tiny Juliaetta, Idaho, with plans to establish vines at two other sites. One of the first efforts by this Lewis-Clark Valley winery is this blend built upon the shoulders of Petit Verdot (75%) from the Walla Walla Valley with Syrah from the Columbia Valley. The theme of dark purple fruit includes savory notes of black olive and herbs, backed by racy finish of boysenberry. They’ve named it in honor of the late Mel Wilks, whose landmark Texaco station in Genesse will serve as the Jovinea Cellars flagship tasting room.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 98 cases

Alcohol: 12.9%

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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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