Koenig Vineyards NV Two Barrel Reserve Red Wine Port-style, Snake River Valley, $21

By on June 7, 2014

koenig-vineyards-two-barrel-reserve-port-style-bottleIdaho winemaker Greg Koenig ranks as one of the Northwest top producers of dessert wines, while his brother Andrew is a master distiller. Here’s a collaboration from both sides of their operation on the Sunnyslope near Caldwell. Greg produced a single barrel of Port-style wine in 2005 using Merlot and his brother’s brandy. The other barrel was a fortified Syrah from the 2006 vintage. It comes with complex aromas of black cherry, chocolate-covered prunes, figs, coffee, cinnamon, Tootsie Roll and cigar tobacco. Upfront, the drink is nutty and chocolaty with black cherry, blackberry syrup and more tobacco. The  perception of the alcohol seems to be 3% less than what is listed, and this should age out even more nicely in 5-10 years. In the meantime, the Koenig brothers suggest serving it with Stilton cheese, dried fruits and hazelnuts.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 93 cases

Alcohol: 21%

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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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