$20 Below: Southard Columbia Valley Red Wine 2010

Southard Columbia Valley Red Wine 2010

Date Tasted: 5-21-13

Price: Suggested Retail is around $15.00

From The Winery: 14.5% alcohol. 55% Syrah (Lawrence Vineyard), 45% Mourvedre (Sugarloaf Vineyard). Columbia Valley AVA

Impressions/Notes: After tasting Southard’s 2009 Lawrence Vineyard Syrah, purchasing the 2010 Columbia Valley Red Wine for the meager price of $15.00 was a no-brainer. This Syrah/Mourvedre blend did not disappoint. It’s rich, with plump black plum, toasted oak, tobacco, and strong smoky notes. A mixture of lightly sweet and tart blue and black fruit coats the palate. Despite it’s big, lush nature, there’s plenty of balance to keep it from falling flat. I would recommend this wine as more of a stand-alone drinker than a pairing wine.

Rating: Recommended (88), 4/5 Value

Posted on by Nick in $20 Below, Red Blends, Washington 2 Comments

2 Responses to $20 Below: Southard Columbia Valley Red Wine 2010

  1. Dennis

    Nick, it always amazes me that there is just SOOO much wine coming out of the Northwest; it is or should be known as brightly as Sonoma or maybe Napa? we’ll see what others think, but the history is so far a short one; will it become a bright star or a meteor? I’m guess the former!

    • Nick


      That’s a great question. There are certainly wines from WA and OR that rival the quality of the wines of Napa and Sonoma. In my opinion, the Sonoma/Napa star will always shine a little brighter – there’s more of a history there and it’s in our most populated state – maybe it’s the California mystique. The values in the Northwest are absolutely phenomenal and it’s inevitable that more people will take note.




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