Buried Cane 2011 Heartwood Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25

By on May 31, 2015

Buried-Cane-Heartwood-Red-Wine-2011-bottleWalla Walla winemaker Brian Rudin, now at Duckhorn’s Red Mountain project, had fun this GSM-style creation for the Middleton family that goes beyond the standard with Syrah (54%) co-fermented with Viognier (4%) and blended with Cinsault (15%), Mourvèdre (14%), Grenache (7%) and Counoise (6%). The vineyard sources are star-studded with contributions from Alder Ridge, Gamache, StoneTree, Wallula and the Middleton family’s Southwind site near Milton-Freewater, Ore. Aromas of dusty blueberry, blackberry, plum skin, dark chocolate and cured meat are matched on the palate within a very balanced structure that’s capped by a juicy finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 256 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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