Truth Teller Winery 2014 Wisdom Red Wine, Yakima Valley, $35

By on January 30, 2017

Texan transplant Chris Loeliger used the 2016 Tri-Cities Wine Festival to showcase his blending talents by earning a series of gold medals, and this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (57%), Merlot (19%), Cabernet Franc (19%) and Petit Verdot indeed brings balance and finesse. He relied on the Williams family for fruit from their Kiona and Heart of the Hill vineyards on Red Mountain, as well as nearby MonteScarlatto. Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills played a role, too. He used only French oak, with 38% of it new wood, for 18 months. The focus remains on purple fruit from start to finish, opening with black currant, plum and Bing cherry aromas that include a dusting of mocha and minerality. There’s a lushness to the flavors, carries along by Marionberry juiciness and a nibble of blueberry seed crunch.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 124 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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