Westport Winery Garden Resort 2014 Swimmer Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $31

By on November 25, 2016

westport-winery-garden-resort-swimmer-red-wine-nv-labelCoastal winemaker Dana Roberts, a product of Washington State University’s certificate program, adjusted his Swimmer program in 2014, shifting to Olsen Brothers Vineyard in the Yakima Valley and including enough Syrah (26%) to the blend that it prohibits them from labeling this Petite Sirah – as Westport had in the past. Regardless, this Swimmer still touches the wall in stunning fashion. The inky color may be foreboding, but it brings seductively floral aromas of plum jam, blackberry, fig, tar and coffee. There’s lusciousness to the plummy and sweet berry flavors, astonishingly supple black tea tannins and ample acidity. At the on-premise Farm to Fork Restaurant and Bakery, an ideal match is the Bubba Burger with bacon jam. And sales of this wine — which earned a gold medal at the 2016 Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition — benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center of Grays Harbor.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 62 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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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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