Lone Birch 2013 Red Blend, Yakima Valley, $13

By on January 19, 2016

lone-birch-red-blend-nv-bottleBest Buy! Airfield Estates winemaker Marcus Miller continues to excel with this bargain blend under his family’s second label, named for a cherished tree on their 900-acre ranch near Prosser, Wash. Rather than compiling it from nearly a dozen grape varieties as he did in 2012, he takes a Right Bank-style Bordeaux perspective with Merlot (41%), Cabernet Sauvignon (36%), Malbec (17%) and Petit Verdot. There’s black currant, dusty huckleberry, lavender, spice and coffee in the nose, along with the hint of the Malbec with Jolly Rancher grape candy. The fluid is a crowd pleaser and darker purple fruit flavors, picking up blueberry juice and blackberry along the way. Ample tannins and plums makes for a tasty finish.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 3,520 cases

Alcohol: 13.9%

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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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