2010 Angel Vine “Hellion” Washington Red Blend

This wine is a blend of Primitivo, Zinfandel and Petit Sirah all from the Stonetree Vineyard, the warmest source in the Wahluke Slope for Angel Vine. This blend is big and bold—and the super structured Petit Sirah brings out the best of all of them. The resulting wine is fairly large but very balanced and enjoyable. The Primitivo carries a licorice stick of flavor, the Petit Sirah is black as the abyss in your nightmares, and a berry-rich, peppery Zinfandel rounds out the blend. The resulting wine is a deep, serious, balanced behemoth that gets its power from sheer intensity of flavor. The nose opens up with cloves, raisins and plums, as well as leather and spice. In the mouth, the white pepper, red and black currant, a whole rack of mixed spices, cola, dark chocolate, espresso, hint of balsamic vinegar, and fig flavors sit atop a rock-solid foundation of sweet minerals, leather, and graphite. The wine is a warm well-rounded blend that allows us to experience a smart combination of some blends that are not quite yet commonplace in the state of Washington. With results like these, they should be soon.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $22 | 15.0% ABV


Photo credit: http://stonetreevineyard.com


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