Upchurch Vineyard 2016 Counterpart Red Wine, Red Mountain $50

By on March 31, 2019

Chris Upchurch calls his Merlot-dominated red blend “Counterpart,” blending Merlot (65%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) drawn from his estate Red Mountain vineyard into the 2016 version. Its Merlot backbone shows in its blackberry and blueberry aromas, with just a hint of dark cherry in the background. In the mouth, it leads with those same berries, plus some dark plum, a touch of spice and a juicy finish framed by elegant tannins. A year ago, the debut vintage of Counterpart, the 2015, recorded a gold medal at the Cascadia International Wine Competition. Last fall, the second chapter of Counterpart followed up with a gold at the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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