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The NW Vine Project is a group of inexpensive wines made for an Oregon wine distributor. Winemakers David O'Reilly (Owen Roe, O'Reilly's) and Andrew Rich (Andrew Rich Wines), make super values. Usually sold to restaurants in Portland, grab these "second labels" from two of Oregon's best winemakers.
Delicious Beverage Liberation Front
Blaufrankisch 06 $16.45/$14.80
Delicious Beverage Liberation Front Blaufrankisch 06 is quite a mouthful - in more ways than one. Made by David O'Reilly (Owen Roe), grapes for this wine were sourced from an old parcel of vines in Yakima Valley's historic, high elevation Red Willow Vineyard.
Austria's red grape, Blaufrankisch (also known as Lemberger), makes great summer red wine. With a medium-light body and soft tannins, this bottling is the perfect candidate for a quick-chilled summer quaf. Try it chilled on a hot day with medium to lighter flavored foods- you'll be happily surprised.
Celilo Chardonnay 07 $18.95/$17.05
Not a red wine, but we include it here because it's such a deal for a Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay! The Celilo Chardonnay 07 is made by James and Poppie Mantone of Syncline Winery. They made this wine with 96% Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay and 4% Clifton Vineyard Viognier. Celilo, one of the oldest vineyards in the state, sits high above the Columbia River Gorge and produces distinctive wines of great acidity, minerality, and aromatic complexity. The Chardonnay comes from choice blocks of old vines on the western end of the vineyard.
We've never seen a white wine made from Celilo Vineyard fruit at this good a price. This is a great deal.
Highway 14 Red Columbia Valley 05 $15.95/$14.35
The Highway 14 Red is made by acclaimed Oregon winemaker Andrew Rich. Andrew Rich's Rhone-inspired wines have developed such a following, the wines are largely sold from the winery before release. Luckily, the Highway 14 guys were able to convince him to lend his talents and knowledge of NW Rhone varieties to their project. The resulting wine benefits from slow, steady ripening in the Columbia Valley's Alderdale area.
According to Andrew, the Rhone varieties in Washington, not unlike their Bordeaux counterparts, show more fruit here than in the Rhone, but they're not as obvious as California Rhones. The 2005 Red is richly fruited, spicy, and medium bodied. 70% Syrah, 14% Counoise, 11% Grenache, and 4% Mourvedre.
Northwest Vine Project
Cabernet Franc Six Prong Vineyard 06 $20.95/$18.86
The Northwest Vine Project's Cabernet Franc 06 is made from fruit from Elerding's Six Prong Vineyard. In 2006, the small Cab Franc crop was harvested in late October, yielding wonderfully rich fruit flavors with nice acidity. New oak was limited in order to maintain the expressiveness of this fragrant and complex variety. Made by David O'Reilly (Owen Roe) for NWVP.
Northwest Vine Project Malbec 06
The Northwest Vine Project's 2006 Malbec was made by David O'Reilly (Owen Roe). The fruit for the wine was sourced from Dr. Steve Elerding's Six Prong Vineyard from vines planted in the early '90s. The site is on a bluff in Alderdale overlooking the Columbia River. The extended ripening in stressed chalky soil, perfectly suited to this traditional Bordeaux variety, resulted in this beefy, burly wine.
Red Splendor Columbia Valley 05 $16.45/$14.80
Red Splendor is made by David O'Reilly (Owen Roe) for the Northwest Vine Project and his famed attention to quality was clearly applied here. While simple and a bit rough, Red Splendor is a steal of a picnic wine. It is 90% Bordeaux varietals- Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The last 10% is a melange of Zinfandel, Petit Syrah, and Malbec.
The 2005 Red Splendor is the second outing for this brilliant, bombastic compilation of Bordeaux and Mediterranean varieties. The major player here is the Columbia Valley soil, which gives both minerality and muscular backbone to this fruit-driven, full-bodied red.
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