Alexana Winery 2014 Lonesome Spring Ranch Gran Coeur Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $50

By on March 2, 2018

Dundee Hills winemaker Bryan Weil takes a different approach to this Left Bank-Bordeaux expression by making Petit Verdot (26%) such a significant component to this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (47%), Merlot (20%) and Malbec from Lonesome Spring Ranch in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Weil, who worked at The Hogue Cellars not far from LSR, shows his versatility with a core of dark black fruit akin to plums and Bing cherry. Smooth yet rewarding tannins are joined by boysenberry jam acidity, malted milk balls and a sense of minerality. Look for this in bottle shops and Northwest-friendly restaurants as the winery recently sold through this vintage as a number of Willamette Valley producers are offering bigger reds alongside their sublime Pinot Noir.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 376 cases

Alcohol: 14.4%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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