Brian Carter Cellars 2009 Le Coursier, Columbia Valley, $34

By on July 8, 2013

brian-carter-cellars-le-coursier-labelProprietary blends are the focus of longtime Washington winemaker Brian Carter, and he dubbed this for the French word for “the steed.” In 2009, Stone Tree Vineyard on the Wahluke Slope contributed the most of the seven sites that contributed to his blend that traditionally leads with Merlot (54%), followed by Cabernet Sauvignon (18%), Cabernet Franc (16%), Malbec (8%) and Petit Verdot (4%). It shows huge extraction in the nose, bringing black cherry, boysenberry and Almond Joy aromas. The entry is hedonistic with a continuation of ripe boysenberry, dark blueberry and plums, and its medium structure rides more toward food-friendly acidity than tannin.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 244 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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