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By Great Northwest Wine on July 27, 2018
Tony Rynders knows his way around the Dundee Hills after his decade at Domaine Serene, so his superb work with De Ponte Vineyard for Panther Creek Cellars should be predictable. The fruit for these three barrels of juice from the 21-acre site came into his winery by Sept. 15 during this warm growing season. Only one of the barrels was new French oak, allowing for fruit-driven aromas of boysenberry and cherry juice that also offer up cedar and sage. The fluid is juicy and full-bodied, bringing flavors of cherry, blueberry and pomegranate. There’s raspberry, smoke and earthiness in the background, setting up an enjoyable and lengthy finish, giving it appeal for Pinot Noir lovers and others. That makes it nicely positioned among neighboring tasting rooms in the Hollywood District of Woodinville, Wash.
Production: 75 cases