Milbrandt Vineyards 2012 Clifton Vineyards Grenache, Wahluke Slope, $28

By on January 6, 2017

As part of its “Vineyard Series,” the Milbrandt team gets to drill down on a specific site, and this is hot and sandy vineyard near iconic Sentinel Gap is their most coveted spot for Rhône varieties. Clifton typically gets picked earlier than most of their other plantings on the Wahluke Slope, and the dark nose here offers black cherry, plum and Mission fig with sweet herbs, chai spices and toast. Inside, there’s a rewarding continuation of that dark fruit, backed by caramel and coffee, good grip from tannins, refreshing boysenberry juiciness and green tea. Suggested pairings include Toulouse-style Cassoulet, and Jan. 9 marks National Cassoulet Day.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 485 cases

Alcohol: 15%

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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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