Plaisance Ranch 2018 Papa Joe’s Private Stash Carménère, Applegate Valley, $35

By on September 19, 2021

Joe Ginet’s grandfather grew up in a winegrowing family near the French Alps, served in the French military and worked in a Parisian restaurant prior to leaving for the United States in the 1890s. A century later, the orchard near Jacksonville, Ore., that he rehabilitated into a ranch began to be transformed into vines and then wines. The Plaisance Ranch Carménère ranks among the Northwest’s best vintage after vintage, and this is more fruit-forward than some, opening with ripe purple fruit and dusty lavender with sliced red bell pepper and a slight nuance of oak. The pleasing tannin structure keeps the focus on the flavors of blueberry preserves and blackcurrant, making for a nice drink.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 152 cases

Alcohol 13.6%

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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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