Pleasant Hill Cellars 2008 Ultimo, Columbia Valley, $28

By on February 13, 2013

Carnation, Wash., winemaker Larry Lindvig has crafted a Bordeaux-style blend using Cabernet Sauvignon (56%) off Elephant Mountain and backed by Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec from K.B. Walker Vineyard. It opens with aromas of blueberry, Saskatoon serviceberry, cedar, and lime zest, followed by bright flavors of pomegranate and boysenberry. Restrained tannins and ample acidity lift up all the purple and red fruit, making this a delicious wine to serve with lean cuts of beef and even mild curries.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 94 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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