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Alexana Winery 2014 Lonesome Spring Ranch Gran Coeur Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $50
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.
Production: 376 cases