Jones of Washington 2011 Barrel Select Red Wine, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, $30

By on October 4, 2015

jones-of-washington-barrel-select-red-2011-bottleThe Jones family could label this as a Cabernet Sauvignon because it makes up 87 percent of the bottling, and this blend of Bordeaux varieties by Victor Palencia from a cool vintage off Trinidad Vineyard — in one of the Columbia Valley’s cooler regions — already offers age-worthy elegance. Aromas of Chukar Cherry, red currant and cedar include a hint of saddle leather and a light vanilla note. Its sophisticated structure comes with flavors of Bing cherry and cassis wrapped in fascinating tannins, capped by black pepper, black olive and chocolate.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 189 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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