Angel Vine owners Ed and Laureen Fus moved their family to Oregon in 1997 to pursue their dream of farming a vineyard. The Three Angels Vineyard (named after Laureen and their two daughters) is located in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills and produces Pinot Noir used by several local wineries. Ed eventually decided to make his own wine focusing on single vineyard Zinfandel (see my previous notes on three of them ), with grapes sourced from Washington. They also produce a Zinfandel blend, Petite Sirah and Primitivo.
The Columbia Valley Zinfandel is black in color and checks in at 14.9% ABV. 76% Zinfandel, 22% Primitivo and 2% Petite Sirah. Sourced from Alder Ridge, Avery, Les Collines, Coyote Canyon and StoneTree vineyards. Dark fruits, pepper and bittersweet chocolate on the nose. Rich and juicy on the palate. Full bodied with just enough acidity. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry, currants and licorice. The wine finishes strong. Easy to drink now but this might improve with a year or two in the cellar.
My rating: 90 points.
This is the entry level Zinfandel from Angel Vine and it is a great value at $20. Washington Zinfandel is a work in progress and this wine is cleary a step in the right direction.
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