Kennedy Shah 2012 La Vie en Rouge Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $14

By on August 18, 2015

Kennedy Shah-2012-La Vie en Rouge BottleBest Buy! This bargain red by Woodinville winemaker Jean Claude Beck is just the latest in a seemingly never-ending string of approachable reds streaming out of The Woodhouse Wine Estates and its marketplace tier. As the name suggests, it’s a life through red varieties — Merlot (32%), Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Cabernet Franc (25%) — boosted by structure from Petit Verdot (7%) and gamy suppleness from Syrah. It’s filled with dark blue fruit tones of blackberry and black currant, backed by chocolaty tannins, blueberry acidity, black tea, vanilla and black pepper. Everything is easily presented in a medium structure that spreads out evenly across the palate.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 2,400 cases

Alcohol: 13.7%

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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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