Cathedral Ridge Winery 2014 Bordheauxd Red, Columbia Valley $28

By on March 12, 2017

One of the first wines that owner Robb Bell created with Sonoma-based winemaker Michael Sebastiani after buying Flerchinger Vineyards in Hood River, Ore., was this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, and it remains a fixture. Bordheauxd serves as a tribute to the area’s iconic windsurfing culture and Bell brings in grapes from vineyards not far from the “board head” playing field that is the Columbia River. Bangsund, Kortge and Moody grapes are wrapped in barrel notes of sweet spices and dark toast along with plum, cola and black pepper. It is jammy and juicy as black currants and dark plum flavors are met with pleasing acidity and modest tannins, capped by a sprinkle of graphite. Enjoy with steak, wild game or tomato-based pasta dishes.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 400 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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