Caprio Cellars 2017 Estate Eleanor Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $48

By on April 18, 2021

Homebuilder/winemaker Dennis Murphy pays tribute to his grandmother Eleanor Caprio on every bottle he produces, and this Left Bank-inspired Bordeaux blend pulls strictly from two estate plantings in the Walla Walla Valley — Octave (65%) in the SeVein project and Eleanor Vineyard (35%) near his home near the Washington/Oregon stateline. It’s a classic approach with Cabernet Sauvignon (50%), Merlot (28%), Malbec (12%) and Cabernet Franc, and the 18-month barrel program with 35% new French oak creates the framework as cinnamon and white pepper notes settle in behind fruit factors akin to black cherry, dusty blueberry and blackcurrant. Sandy tannins and those dark blue fruit flavors combine for a remarkable mouthfeel and lead into a deliciously bright finish of cherry and pomegranate. Among the pairing options at Caprio Cellars is the charcuterie plate joined by fig jam, mustard and olives or the Carrot-Manchego Fritter with Hayshaker Carrots and pesto.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 700 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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