South Stage Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rogue Valley, $34

By on April 7, 2016

south-stage-cellars-cabernet-sauvignon-2012-label1Davis-trained winemaker John Quinones has collaborated with the Moore family on some of its projects involving red Bordeaux varieties, including this Cab from Crater View Vineyard near its tasting room in Jacksonville, Ore. Dusty black currant and Marionberry aromas include chocolate, black olive, cherry pipe tobacco and baking spices. Those same fruit notes carry onto the palate with a structure of fine-grained tannins that blossom. Juicy blueberries and mint make for a farewell that lends this wine to well-marbled meat, herb-encrusted roasts and savory cheeses such as Gouda, aged cheddar or Rogue Creamery’s Oregonzola.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 330 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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