Andrew Rich Mesalliance 2007
Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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.
International Wine Cellar - "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. "
Andrew Rich Winery
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. View all Andrew Rich Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
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 helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About OregonOregon has long been an agricultural state, producing everything from hazelnuts to cattle. The Willamette Valley in particular is a fertile basin for all sorts of produce. Not quite pegged as a wine state, in 1965, a UC Davis graduate named David Lett decided that the Willamette's climate mirrored that of Burgundy in France. With that in mind, he decided to plant some Pinot Noir clones to see how they did. And a good gamble it was. The Willamette is now one of the only regions in the world to focus solely on Pinot Noir as its red variety. Also known for Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. The southern part of Oregon has been slower in delving into the world wine market, but has been making excellent strides with their Rhone style varietals, like Syrah and Grenache. There are also coastal regions producing promising wines.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.