Angel Vine 2015 The Cluster Fus, Columbia Valley, $28

By on May 21, 2017

Portland winemaker Ed Fus credits Wade Wolfe of Thurston Wolfe fame in Washington for introducing him to Tedd Wildman of StoneTree Vineyard, and the relationship with the Wahluke Slope site has been critical to the rise of Angel Vine. His new proprietary The Cluster Fus (rhymes with cuss) blend could be labeled as Mourvèdre (80%), which was picked Sept. 2 within this historically hot vintage. Zinfandel and Primitivo play supporting roles, boosting the fruitiness of the profile that features blueberry taffy, cola and toast. It’s nicely juicy with pomegranate acidity, stretched by a nibble of blueberry skin tannins and picks up a finishing pinch of white pepper and lavender. This is available at his Urban Crush production facility and tasting room in the Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood, the EVOO Cannon Beach Cooking School and select wine merchants in Oregon and Washington.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 120 cases

Alcohol: 14.1%

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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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