Trio Vintners 2011 Heart of the Hill Vineyard Carménère, Red Mountain $28

By on July 23, 2014

trio-vintners-heart-of-the-hill-vineyard-carménère-2011-labelHere is Karen LaBonte’s lone bottling of a Bordeaux variety, and few spots are better in Washington state than Red Mountain for ripening them. She takes this lot from a vineyard owned by Kiona winemaker Scott Williams, and there’s no hints of the herbaceousness that often come with this historic variety. The aromatic profile hints at rich and juicy black fruit with a nicely managed program of French and Hungarian oak. On the pour, expect bold flavors of plum, black currant and blackberry with black pepper and black tea in the finish. This earned a silver medal at the 2014 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 265 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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