Bergevin Lane Calico Red 2006
Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Dark berries, spice, minerality, and earth combined with violets, some liquorish and pleasant hints of vanilla and oak marks the beginning of this wine. Fresh young smooth tannins and integrated acidity bind fruit and structure together implying great potential of further complexity development with some extended bottle aging or if preferred now decanting for at least an hour.
The Wine Advocate - "The deep crimson-colored 2006 Calico Red is a blend of 36% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, and the balance Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc aged for 10 months in French and American oak. It exhibits an excellent nose of cedar, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry leading to a medium-bodied, ripe, flavorful wine with plenty of up-front appeal. This tasty effort will provide pleasure over the next 3-4 years."
Bergevin Lane Winery
We created Bergevin Lane Vineyards because of our passion for wine and the camaraderie we share with fellow wine enthusiasts. Winemaker Virginie Bourgue continues to dazzle palates with intense, fruit-forward wines. We are dedicated to the art of producing and enjoying great wines. We produce Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Semillon, and a red varietal blend called Calico Red. Come visit us to experience our latest releases. View all Bergevin Lane 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 WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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