Denizen Cellars 2012 Columbia Valley Red, Columbia Valley, $30

By on July 4, 2015

Denizen Cellars-2012-RedSeattle vintner Damian Davis continues to expand the scope of his Rainier Wine Co., beyond  his Diversion and Portlandia brands by establishing partnerships with some of the Puget Sound’s boutique wineries. Denizen is a collaboration with Timothy Narby and :Nota Bene Cellars, and they’ve created a two-barrel Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (55%), Merlot (24%), Malbec (12%) and Cabernet Franc that’s primarily from two Wahluke Slope sites — StoneTree and Arianses. It carries an Old World flair with tones of red currant and cherry, wild game, minerality, alfalfa and timothy hay, framed by intense tannins and racy acidity. Enjoy with rack of lamb, elk, grilled portobello mushroom burger or truffle-influenced risotto.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 50 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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