Hamilton Cellars 2010 Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $25

By on August 16, 2015

hamilton-cellars-red-wine-2010-labelBill Conner and Rhoady Lee’s vineyard — first planted in 1980 on Radar Hill near Othello, Wash., by Dick and Louise Owings — contributes Merlot to some of the state’s highest-profile wines, and Charlie Hoppes blends it with Malbec (46%) for a bold and juicy offering at the Hamilton’s eco-green facility on Red Mountain. Black cherry, black currant, dark chocolate and root beer float aromas lead to a palate with a core of dark fruit. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry and plum skins slide nicely alongside lingering frontal tannins.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 167 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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