King’s Raven Winery 2015 Estate Léon Millot, Willamette Valley, $40

By on September 18, 2019

Darin Ingram turned his back on a career as a videographer of sailing regattas and has found a deliciously eclectic niche along the Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail with his fascinating mix of unusual cool-climate varieties. Here, it is Léon Millot, a red hybrid developed in Alsace prior to World War I that’s closely related to Maréchal Foch. Ingram and his family foot-pressed these four barrels of wine, aging them in 28 months. The candied nose of blackberry taffy and cherry punch offers a pinch of black pepper while avoiding the foxiness of Foch. Those who appreciate the fruitiness of Lemberger can enjoy the blueberry and dark cherry profile. The tannins lean toward cocoa, while the pomegranate finish and low alcohol make this both a fun drink and worthy of roasted pork, turkey or a a meat pie.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 100 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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