Northwest Cellars was founded by Bob Delf in 2004 with a vision of producing quality wines with customizable labels, made to the customer’s choosing. It works with top vineyard sites throughout the Columbia Valley and in this review we take a look at their red and white blend.
2008 Adajio – W.E.P. Rating: 88%
- Grapes: 61% Sauvignon Blanc, 39% Chardonnay
- Price: $15
Nose: lemon zest, cantelope, grapefruit, river rock and kiwi.
Taste: Classic hay-like component from the sauv blanc coming through along with some nice notes of citrus fruits like lemon, lime and grapefruit. Good balance of fruit and acidity with a finish that lingers very nicely.
2006 Intrigue – W.E.P. Rating: 85%
- Grapes: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 18% Pinot Noir and 9% Carmenere
- Price: $28
Nose: Christmas spice, pine-cone, smoke, black fruits – such as, black cherry cola, plum and black berries.
Taste: Good mouthfeel with nice layers of carmel-covered black fruits which have been lightly dusted with pepper. A long finish, however, is a bit on the hotter side – I’m sure that’d blow off a bit if you allow time for decanting or chill the wine a bit. This would be a better wine if it was more mellow on the heat from the alcohol but it’s not at all a bad effort.
Winery website: www.northwestcellars.com