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Our Go-To Red Blends

 

baer-arctos-label-230pOur go-to Big Reds share three things: they’re some of the best Washington wines we’ve tasted all year, they’re all Big Reds Club selections, and they are all red blends.

For years, many of our favorite Washington wines have been red blends. We like single varietals too, of course, but blends often seem more complete and well-rounded, like these three fantastic reds. All will age, but you can open them today for a fantastic bottle of red wine!

Baer Arctos 2010
$39.55 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($43.95 regular)
The 2010 Arctos is my current go-to Washington red and it’s fricking fantastic. Black cherry, fresh blackberry, clove, black tea and baker’s cocoa make for wine that Andy and I had a hard time saving to re-taste on day two. Arctos has been my preferred Baer wine the past three vintages, likely owing to its predominance of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2010 is 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, and 12% Merlot. It pairs very well with beef Bourguignon frites with brandy butter (a heart-stopping cold weather dish at Portland’s Victory Bar). – Marcus

2010Seven-Bridges-PrimaNata-275pSeven Bridges Prima Nata 2010
$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95 regular)
A tiny production wine (only 75 cases!) from brand new winery to us, and the wine that really impressed us from a recent tasting. Laden with cherry, plum and cassis that comes on through the finish accented by cedar and caramel, it’s equally at home as a pop-and-pour as it is a wine you’d cellar for a few years. 53% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot. – Marcus

Tyrus Evan Ciel du Cheval Claret 2008
$32.35 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case* order ($35.95 regular)
Billowing with black cherry and raspberry, it is softer than KW00_TECCCT_08_F_OLmany of the tannic beasts from Red Mountain, no doubt owing in part to the extended time it’s had in bottle. A pure pleasure to drink, with shadings of graphite and desert herbs in background. My advice is to try this now – I think you’ll want more. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot from one of Washington’s best vineyards. – Marcus

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