Browne Family Vineyards 2012 Tribute Red Wine, Columbia Valley, $30

By on May 8, 2015

browne-family-vineyards-tribute-nv-bottleJohn Freeman creates this Meritage-style blend for Precept Wine CEO Andrew Browne’s growing brand, which includes a tasting room in downtown Walla Walla. This assemblage of Cabernet Sauvignon (48%), Malbec (16%), Merlot (15%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Petit Verdot includes estate fruit but also goes beyond with Pepper Bridge, Elephant Mountain and Klipsun vineyards. It also spent 21 months in 39% new French oak. Alluring aromas of black cherry, huckleberry, anise, chalkboard dust and black tea transcend into rich flavors or black cherry and blueberry. Mild tannins make for a luscious midpalate that’s focused on fruit, including a finish of President plum. Suggested pairings include lamb burgers, a grilled portobello sandwich or pork loin influenced by rosemary and peppercorns.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 4,471 cases

Alcohol: 14%

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