Cairdeas Winery MV Tri, Columbia Valley $32

By on April 4, 2015

cairdeas-mv-tri-bottleThis young Lake Chelan winery uses the Gaelic term for “three” on its blend of four red Rhône varieties from three vintages and three vineyards. It’s a GSM-style mix primarily using whole-berry fermentation of 2011 Syrah (38%) from Dineen in the Rattlesnake Hills, 2012-grown Grenache (25%) and Mourvèdre off 24K on the Wahluke Slope and 2013 Petite Sirah (12%) from Inland Desert near Red Mountain. Toasted oak, cola and gamy aromas pick up hints of black cherry, dried blueberry, black licorice, mincemeat spices and black truffle earthiness. That dark fruit profile spills out with a rich and juicy approach, bringing more blueberry and plum flavors, backed by solid yet balanced tannins. The Lybeckes’ latest version of Tri is particularly impressive, meriting a gold medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Awards.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

Winery website

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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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