Cairdeas Winery 2014 Meek Vineyard Caislen An Papa, Yakima Valley, $45

By on May 24, 2017

The Lybeckers’ name their Châteaunuf-du-Pape-inspired GSM after the Gaelic phrase “Castle of the Pope”, and they’ve made it a vineyard-design blend of Grenache (44%), Mourvèdre (22%), Syrah (14%), Cinsault (13%) and Counoise featuring Michael Meek’s site near Red Mountain. It’s razzy from start to finish, including aromas of tangerine, cranberry, clove and pepper. Lively raspberry and blueberry flavors gather up a dusting of pepper leading out to more cranberries on the finish. Seek it at the Cairdeas (pronounced “Car-diss”) tasting room near the north shore of Lake Chelan by asking for the “Cush-len.”

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 350 cases

Alcohol: 14.7%

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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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