Saviah Cellars 2013 Dugger Creek Vineyard Barbera, Walla Walla Valley, $30

By on December 8, 2015

saviah-cellars-dugger-creek-vineyard-nv-bottle Of the six vineyards that Saviah owner/winemaker Rich Funk works with, Dugger Creek ranks as the largest at 20 acres and one of the youngest – planted in 2009 next to McClellan Estate. On the other hand, Barbera is one of the smallest bottlings for Saviah, with an annual production of 16,000 cases. Funk’s stunning example of this grape native to Piemonte sings with aromas of black truffle, black cherry and oak spice, followed by flavors of blueberry, cherry and plum. It’s a rich, round, well-balanced wine. It was highly praised at the Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition, earning a unanimous double gold. Funk suggests pairing this with roasted chicken, turkey or anything off the barbecue.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 343 cases

Alcohol: 14.3%

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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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