Reininger Winery 2012 Seven Hills Vineyard Carménère, Walla Walla Valley, $51

By on July 21, 2015

reininger-seven-hills-vineyard-carmenere-2012-bottleThe Reininger and Tucker families launched their brand in 1997, and they quickly embraced heralded Seven Hills Vineyard — one of the Northwest’s most innovative and environmentally responsible. That connection allows Chuck Reininger to offer one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most expressive examples of this fascinating Bordeaux variety that once was feared lost forever in the wake of phylloxera. Here’s a bold, age-worthy offering that opens with a nose of dark chocolate and espresso that leads to blackberry reduction sauce, plum, pomegranate and fresh mint. Racy flavors of black plums and black cherry are backed by pie cherry filling, mouthfilling tannins and a shake of black pepper.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 336 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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