Burnt Bridge Cellars 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, $34

By on January 29, 2014

burnt-bridge-cellars-les-collines-vineyard-cabernet-sauvignon-2011-labelDavid Smith of Vancouver, Wash., started making wine as an amateur in 2008 with a small lot of fruit from Les Collines Vineyard. Two years later, he and co-owner Mark Mahan opened their winery in Clark County, and this marks their fourth vintage of working with Shane McKibben’s fruit. The nose features black cherry, plum juice and black pepper, while the flavors are loaded with Bing cherry, juicy boysenberry and pomegranate as the acidity easily overtakes the tannin structure. This wine delivered them a silver medal in the $30 to $34.99 category at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition — the largest judging of wine in the United States.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 108 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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