Ryan Patrick 2013 Rock Island Red, Columbia Valley, $20

By on June 7, 2016

ryan patrick rock island redRock Island Red is a red blend that features 44% Merlot and 44% Syrah. It’s a compatible marriage of Bordeaux and Rhône grapes that shows off cured meat with blackberry and spice aromas below. On the palate, the Syrah and Merlot share their blackberry flavors, then Syrah reminds the sipper it brings plums to the marriage, while Merlot replies that it gets credit for the blueberries. Despite their differences, in the end it’s an agreeable arrangement for the wine lover who can enjoy this well-made red for $20. This earned a gold medal and best of class at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 990 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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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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