Cinq Cellars 2011 The Storm, Columbia Valley, $24

By on December 12, 2013

cinq-cellars-the-storm-bottle-2011The friendship of five wine lovers — hence the French word for their brand — led to the creation of this new winery just up the hill from Lake Sammamish, Wash., and in conjunction with Meritage Meadows B&B. Their knowledge of vineyards, blending and winemaking shows in this GSM approach  with Grenache (32%) from Lonesome Springs near Prosser and Syrah (64%) from Weinbau and Mourvèdre off StoneTree, two stellar sites for Rhône varieties on the Wahluke Slope. It’s a presentation that features hints of dark plum, boysenberry, tar, crushed leaf, allspice and black pepper. Expect much of the same on the palate, which is thick and whisks in red currant acidity. The finish brings dark chocolate, black olive and more spice. Enjoy with osso buco, veal shank or duck. This young winery is open by appointment only.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 300 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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