Anelare 2014 Cuvée, Red Mountain, $28

By on September 16, 2015

anelare-cuvee-nv-bottleThe Alexanders can look across the Yakima Valley from their tasting room and — with a pair of binoculars — see Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, a longtime fruit source of theirs and the birthplace of this Roussanne-Viognier blend created by Charlie Hoppes. It offers lovely aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, dusty peaches, grapefruit pith, freshly laundered flannel and minerality. Inside, it broadcasts flavors of orange Creamsicle, yellow grapefruit and Key Lime pie as the body shows a nice mix of each grape by opening with some fleshiness that leads to a crisp finish. Suggested pairings include duck breast, braised rabbit or a fresh seasonal salad.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 220 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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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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