Review: 2009 Giant Wine Company “The Ghost of 413”

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While California might get most of the hype when it comes to “new world” Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State has been steadily and silently climbing the quality ladder over the last number of years.

At their best Washington wines can certainly compete with their Californian neighbours, and as an added bonus they occasionally deliver exceptional value. 

The Giant Wine Company is a joint venture between two great Washington winemakers; Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery and Mark Ryan McNielly of Mark Ryan Vineyards. The Ghost of 413 is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the remainder made up of Merlot and Syrah. This juicy, fruit forward red displays aromas of dark chocolate, cherry pie filling and just a hint of green pepper. The palate is soft, with velvety tannins and mellow flavours of huckleberry and spice.

This wines charm and easy going personality make it a great choice for a relaxing Tuesday night in front of the fire, and a great pairing for comfort foods such as shepherds pie or a beef stew.

$28.00 including tax.

Cheers,

Jesse

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