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2011 Helix Sangiovese (US) "Stillwater Creek Vineyard"

Winery: Helix

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stillwater Creek Vineyard"

Wine Category: Sangiovese (US)

Grape blend: 100% Sangiovese

Region: Columbia Valley

State or country: WA

Price: $30

Cases produced: 431

KWG Score: 88.2 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: May 8, 2017

Wine Review: This dark red colored Sangiovese from Helix opens with an attractive black cherry bouquet with a hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, smooth and approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty black cherry and oak blend with notes of dark chocolate. I also detected hints of boysenberry. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are a little sticky. This Sangiovese is drinking well right now and would pair nicely with veal parmigiana. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Candied cherry, notes of fresh tobacco and dried herb highlight the nose of our 2011 Helix Sangiovese. Classic sour-cherry aromas energizes the palate followed by a savory blend of pomegranate, dried strawberry and fig, stewed tomatoes, a wisp of tobacco, shavings of moist earth and lingering pepper. Its tannins are extremely fine and well-integrated, no more than a fleeting thought. This wine shoulders wisdom and knows how to pair well with just about any classic Italian fare. Think villa made goat cheese, fresh basil, beef Carpaccio…take a bottle to Tuscany!

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Helix 2011 Sangiovese.

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