Northwest Cellars 2013 Madrigal Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $28

By on July 15, 2017

Three distinctively different sites make up this remarkable Rhône-inspired GSM blend from the team of Robert Delf and Robert Smasne. Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, Spofford Station in the Walla Walla Valley and Upland Vineyards on Snipes Mountain come together for this blend of Grenache (40%),  Syrah (20%) and Mourvèdre (40%). Fanciful aromas of cherry taffy, strawberry fruit leather, red currant and sandalwood lead toward Grenache-driven red fruit flavors of raspberry and red currant. Juicy acidity washes over the tannin structure, focusing on a finish of Craisins and Montmorency cherry. Fortunately, they’ve increased production from the previous vintage by four barrels. At the Kirkland tasting room, they suggest enjoying this with Kind Bar’s Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt or the nearby Lilac Cafe’s Polenta with Mushrooms.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 238 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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