Westport Winery NV Rapture of the Deep Sparkling Cranberry, Washington, $28

By on November 21, 2016

rapture-of-the-deep-nv-carbonated-cranberry-wineWashington’s Grays Harbor County produces some of the continent’s best cranberries, and Westport winemaker Dana Roberts uses those to create one of the Pacific Northwest’s easiest-to-like wines. Given a blindfold, you mind think there’s more cranberry in store with hints of raspberry and blood orange. There’s no mistaking that it’s cranberry wine because of the purity of fruit. Sure, there’s a smooch of sweetness (12% residual sugar), but there’s pleasing bitterness, cleansing acidity, fun bubbles and a nibble of tannin for impeccable balance. At his family’s Farm to Fork Restaurant, the staff suggests enjoy this with Chicken Gordon Gold, and sales of this wine help support the Driftwood Theater in nearby Aberdeen. The Roberts family’s latest edition just won a double gold at the 2016 Tri-Cities Wine Festival, which means everyone on the six-person panel deemed it worthy of a gold medal — including a Master of Wine. Enjoy with that holiday bird or as an aperitif.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 204 cases

Alcohol: 11%

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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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