Maryhill Winery 2010 Elephant Mountain Vineyards Indira, Rattlesnake Hills, $40

By on May 28, 2013

Washington wineElephant Mountain Vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills district of the Yakima Valley is perhaps best known for its Syrah, but it also grows other Rhône varieties. This vineyard-designate from Maryhill Winery includes the somewhat rarer Cinsault and Counoise grapes, which are best known for contributing to Chateau de Beaucastel in the southern Rhône. This is a superb red with aromas of dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow, boyseberry, lime zest and toffee. On the palate, it reveals flavors that reminded us of a Heath candy bar, slate, coffee and dark fruit. It’s a fascinating wine that reveals layer after layer of complexity.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 94 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%

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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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