Cave B Estate Winery 2010 XXV Merlot, Columbia Valley, $43

By on February 28, 2014

cave-b-estate-winery-xxv-merlot-bottleThese old Merlot vines, planted by Seattle physician Vince Bryan, turned 25 years old this vintage, and his son-in-law Freddy Arredondo used them to produce a standout wine. Bittersweet chocolate and white pepper aromas also take in Marionberry, plum, pomegranate and black cherry. There’s an easy and mellow approach to the structure of chocolate-covered pomegranate and plums with plum-skin tannin and abundant acidity. Arredondo, a chef trained in Italy, suggests serving a pork tenderloin rubbed with coriander and cumin, topped by caramelized shallots and served with a raspberry balsamic reduction. This wine earned a gold medal at the 2014 Seattle Food & Wine Experience Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 125 cases

Alcohol: 14.6%

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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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