Andrew Rich Mesalliance 2007

Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington

Item No. 108146
  • red wine
  • ST90
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Winemaker's Notes

35% merlot, 30% syrah, 28% cab franc and 7% malbec.

Our version of a right bank Bordeaux, relying primarily on Merlot and Cabernet Franc, but with a slug of Syrah because, well, everything's better with Syrah. (It's the bacon of wine.) Though the components may seem disparate, they do indeed "marry" harmoniously, creating the perfect foil for both simple and more elaborate dishes. I especially like it with grilled steak and roast pork, but it's a terrific wine to pull out when pizza is what's for supper.

Critical Acclaim

"A blend of 35% merlot, 30% syrah, 28% cab franc and 7% malbec) Bright red-ruby. Aromas and flavors of dark berries, cotton candy, violet and pepper are a bit youthfully stunted. Lush, supple and sweet but not at all overdone. Quite suave and easy to drink, finishing with fine-grained tannins and very good verve. A mesalliance is a marriage with a person of inferior social position, but I would have said that these four varieties combine seamlessly in this wine, as if they'd been part of the same litter. "
90 Points

Learn About Andrew Rich

Named one of Wine & Spirits magazine's top 100 wineries of 2009, Andrew Rich Wines has been crafting distinctive wines in Oregon's Willamette Valley since 1995. Along with Pinot Noir, Rhone Valley varietals from the Columbia Valley--including Syrah, Roussanne, Grenache, and Mourvedre--take pride of place, though the winery is equally well known for its seductive Gewurztraminer dessert wine.

Learn About Columbia Valley

Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which...

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