South Stage Cellars 2010 Alchemy Red Wine, Rogue Valley, $32

By on March 30, 2016

south-stage-cellars-vintners-alchemy-red-wine-2010-labelOne of the most important relationships in the rise of the Southern Oregon wine industry has been that of winemaker extraordinaire Joe Dobbes with growers Don and Traute Moore of Quail Run Vineyards. The Moores created their South Stage Cellars brand in 2008, so this bottling is a look back at one of their first wines, made by the Dundee Hills producer. It’s a blend leading with Carménère (37%), Cabernet Sauvignon (32%) and Tempranillo from Crater View Vineyard, and there are thumbprints of each variety within. Aromas lead with dried blackberry, dark plum and macerated blueberries backed by fresh thyme, mint and spices. Inside, expect flavors of black cherry and loganberry, alongside green peppercorns, fine-grained tannins and boysenberry acidity, making for a long and juicy finish. It calls for bold meats such as lamb, venison and game birds or pungent cheeses.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 280 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

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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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