Cathedral Ridge Winery 2012 Reserve Rusty Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $44

By on February 12, 2017

Sonoma winemaker Michael Sebastiani focuses on two sites near the Columbia River on the Oregon side for this blend of Syrah from Bangsund Vineyard and Zinfandel, a crop from Moody Vineyard near the Deschutes River. There’s a wealth of barrel influence, which contribute Christmas spices to the mix of cherries and cassis and orange zest. There’s also zestiness to the structure as these two varieties provide lots of ripeness without coming across as sweet. Providing balance are tannins askin to espresso grounds. Suggested pairings include Molasses Marinated Flank Steak, and don’t hesitate to substitute London broil for the flank steak.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 275 cases

Alcohol: 14.2%

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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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