Spangler Vineyards 2010 Claret, Southern Oregon, $27

By on November 4, 2013

spangler-vineyads-claret-2010-labelFew folks in the Pacific Northwest use this traditional English term for a red wine from Bordeaux, but Roseburg winemaker Patrick Spangler follows his own path and builds his wines for food and for the long haul. This blends all six of the common red Bordeaux varieties — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carménère — for a wine featuring whiffs of blackberry, cola, fascinating bay rum spice and white pepper. Its structure is bold and rich with black cherry and cassis as the fruity flavors keep up with the tannin structure, making for a big finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 299 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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