Washington, a red wine state, continues to focus on blends

By on December 31, 2017

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2013 Cabernet-Merlot, Washington, $15

kiona vineyards winery cabernet merlot 2013 bottle - Washington, a red wine state, continues to focus on blendsBest Buy! The Williams family produces one wine that incorporates all five of their Columbia Valley vineyards, and it is this approachable and wide-ranging blend which leads with Cabernet Sauvignon (37%) and Merlot (24%) while receiving healthy contributions from Lemberger (13%) and Sangiovese (10%) with five other varieties chipping in. Kiona never rushes their bold reds to market, and this is no different. After spending 14 months in 35% new oak, there was another year in bottle. Hence, it offers aromas of plum, Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai with Blueberry treats, nutmeg and Graham cracker. Inside, there’s a sweet entry of blueberry jam and boysenberry, backed by raspberry tea tannins and a rush of Marionberry acidity.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 4,200 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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