Smasne Cellars 2010 Phinny Hill Vineyard Carménère, Horse Heaven Hills, $38

By on January 12, 2014

smasne-cellars-logo-blackSome of Walla Walla’s top wineries tap into Dick Beightol’s vineyard for Bordeaux varieties, and Yakima Valley winemaker Robert Smasne has been sourcing in this high-rent neighborhood of the Horse Heaven Hills for years. Cabernet Franc on steroids in terms of the crushed leaf tones with this Carménère, backed by fruity hints of boysenberry and cherry. Its structure brings along great acidity and taut tannins, making this suitable with London Broil or homemade meatloaf.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 192 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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