Helix by Reininger 2010 Pomatia, Columbia Valley, $21

By on March 28, 2014

helix-by-reininger-pomatia-bottleVirtually any winemaker in the Pacific Northwest would love to be able to craft what Chuck Reininger refers to as his “anytime, almost any meal” blend using fruit from Phinny Hill, Pepper Bridge, Sagemoor, Seven Hills, StoneTree and Weinbau vineyards. The Walla Walla winemaker spun them into a blend of Syrah (35%), Merlot (29%), Cabernet Franc (16%) and Petit Verdot. Toasty oak aromas sit behind blackberry, black cherry, vanilla bean and cherry pipe tobacco. Inside, there’s a sturdy structure of black cherry, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate with a pleasant blueberry finish. Enjoy with hearty meats, pasta or escargot.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 2,150 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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