Genoa Cellars 2011 Flying Colors, Red Mountain, $29

By on November 8, 2014

Genoa Cellars 2011 Flying Colors labelThis two-man boutique winery in Woodinville, Wash., loves to play with Sangiovese from Red Mountain, and here’s one of three bottlings that include the noble Italy variety. (Devotees may remember the Syrah-influenced blend as Three Sheets, but a San Diego brewery producing a barley wine beat them to the name.) This leads with Sangiovese (45%), which gets heavy support from Syrah (36%) — both from Ranch at the End of the Road Vineyard — and Cabernet Sauvignon. They create sultry aromas of black currant, plum and cherry pipe tobacco, and there’s amazing follow through on the palate. Firm tannins jump up early before yielding to raspberry acidity with a touch of mocha in the finish. Suggested fare incldues barbecued ribs basted with a tangy sauce, smoked meats, grilled pork and chicken.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 127 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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