10 great Washington red blends

By on September 9, 2013

Browne Family Vineyards 2010 Red Blend, Columbia Valley, $25

browne-family-vineyards-red-blend-labelPrecept Wine CEO Andrew Browne puts his family name on this tier as a tribute both to his sons and his grandfather, and Walla Walla winemaker John Freeman made his boss proud. Part of its success stems from a pedigree that includes Seven Hills Vineyard as part of the blend of Merlot (51%), Cabernet Sauvignon (39%) and Syrah. The nose explodes with allspice, nutmeg and dark chocolate, backed by black plum, blackberry, bay rum and graphite. Those tones echo on the suave palate that shows some restraint, but the long juicy finish of blueberry and good frame of tannin indicates there’s more in store over time.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,360 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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