Thurston Wolfe 2012 The Spaniard, Columbia Valley, $20

By on April 27, 2015

thurston-wolfe-the-spaniard-2012-labelFor the fifth time, Wade Wolfe works with a trio of varieties native to the Iberian Peninsula — Garnacha (63%), Tempranillo (25%) and Syrah — to create a juicy, food-friendly blend reminiscent of the Rioja. The nose of Rainier cherry, strawberry-rhubarb compote and Super Sweet 100 tomatoes includes a pinch of sage and a drizzle of molasses. On the palate, it brings dark cherry and black currant flavors, which are joined sandy tannins and a finish of sweet elderberries.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 198 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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