Martin-Scott Winery 2013 Needlerock Vineyard Montepulciano, Columbia Valley, $30

By on December 31, 2016

This famed Italian grape named for the southern Tuscan town is slowly gaining an audience with a handful of Washington state winemakers, and Wenatchee Valley vigernon Mike Scott etablished his Montepulciano near his Tempranillo. In many instances throughout Italy, Montepulciano is blended with Sangiovese. Not here. Instead, Scott swirls in Aglianico (15%) to help develop aromas of blueberry taffy, cordial cherry, fig and chalk. It brings the racy acidity one expects from Italian reds along with black currant and dark chocolate flavors. Robust plum skin tannins and a finish of Western serviceberry build texture. The Scotts enjoy it with a wide variety of foods, including poultry, lasagna, couscous with meat, Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine, flatbreads and an assortment of cheeses. And it’s delicious with Tuscan-style Beef Stew.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 57 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.

2 Comments

  1. Elissa Gallagher

    February 22, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Yes, I would like to receive your newsletter. The Montepulciano, Columbia Valley sounds fabulous but I would like to hear about some less expensive wines. I have a glass or 2 of RED wine every day. So 30.00 a btle. can get expensive. Carmenere, Shiraz,some Merlots I like. Anxious to hear your comments.
    Thanks Guys

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