Madsen Family Cellars 2012 Heart of Darkness, Horse Heaven Hills, $25

By on April 20, 2017

R-273South Puget Sound vintner Dana Madsen sources Petit Verdot from McKinley Springs for this fortified dessert wine, and it continues to evolve beautifully. It opens with aromatic hints of chalkboard dust often associated with Horse Heaven Hills fruit, clove, black cherry and black licorice. The inky structure provides rich and lengthy flavors of plum, cherry and licorice. Notes of walnut and licorice swirl in balance with pleasing tannins, rewarding acidity and tamed alcohol. Enjoy around the fire pit at 7% percent residual sugar or paired with a wedge of Stilton and a handful of filberts. This earned the award for best dessert wine at the 2017 Capital Food and Wine Festival wine competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 20%

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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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