2017 Walla Walla Vintners Columbia Valley Red Blend
Columbia Valley, Washington
930 cases produced
This red wine is a blend of 40% Cabernet sauvignon, 30% Cabernet franc, 20% Merlot and 10% Syrah. Just like chefs making a meal, winemakers blend varying amounts of different grape varietals as a way to create a wine greater than the sum of its parts. All these “ingredients” are blended together to fulfill that wine’s intended purpose.
Deep cherry red
Fragrant fruit smells of black and red cherries combined with raspberries and, just a whiff of green bell pepper.
My first sip tasted all those juicy flavors of both red and black cherries along with ripe raspberries and strawberries. This wine has acidity and structure with cat tongue-like tannins that would pair beautifully with many different types of foods. It’s a good wine to bring when you’re unsure as to what is being served or unfamiliar with the types of wine your host enjoys– a crowd-pleaser!
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