King’s Raven Winery 2014 Epyllion Vineyard Maréchal Foch, Willamette Valley $30

By on May 13, 2019

The Ingram family roots in the Willamette Valley began in the 1800s with a Civil War veteran receiving a land claim near Oregon City, and their third-generation farm along New Era Road continues its transition to vineyards. Along the way, they’ve established a relationship a few miles east with organically farmed Epyllion Vineyard, home to the Maréchal Foch that has become the flagship wine for King’s Raven. These French-American hybrid vines in Jory soil are entering their third decade of life, and Mt. Hood Territory winemaker Darin Ingram devoted 30 months in oak to the juice. The nose of baked brownie, blackcurrant and earthy minerality moves into loads of flavors akin to red currant and blueberry. Well-managed tannins make room for a spicy finish that includes a dash of pepper. Suggested pairings include Asian fare, anything off the grill or dark chocolate.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 150 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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