Maryhill Winery 2011 Clifton Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Wahluke Slope, $40

By on September 17, 2014

maryhill-winery-clifton-hill-vineyard-cabernet-sauvignon-2011-bottleOne of the Milbrant brothers’ best sites near Sentinel Gap overlooking the Columbia River annually produces high-style reds for a variety of Washington winemakers, and this lot was deemed worthy of 20 months in a barrel program of 60% new French oak. That experience leads to aromas of toasted marshmallow, boysenberry, warm chocolate, sarsaparilla, allspice and lime peel. There’s more expression of fruit on the deliciously rich palate, which spans blackberry, boysenberry and red currant. Dark chocolate and savory tones come together amid ageworthy tannins. In the meantime, enjoy this with lasagne, bacon-wrapped scallops and elk burgers. It’s part of the winery’s exclusive Vineyard Series tier available via the winery’s Reserve tasting room and wine club.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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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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