Latah Creek Wine Cellars 2012 Monarch Primitivo, Horse Heaven Hills, $30

By on June 10, 2015

latah-creek-wine-cellars-monarch-primitivo-2012-bottleThe Conway family began its reserve tier — the Monarch series — in 2008, and their work with Zephyr Ridge Vineyard near Paterson, Wash., continues to shine with several varieties, including this grape native to the Italian region of Puglia near the Adriatic Sea. It’s a complex and hedonistic release with notes of cherry candy and blood orange, backed by hints of lovely herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cumin, anise and crushed oregano. This earned a silver medal at the 2015 Savor NW Wine Awards before attaining gold at the Great Northwest Wine Competition. Suggested pairings include tomato-based pasta dishes, Rabbit Cacciatore and Ellena Conway’s Cracked Pepper Steak.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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