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Date Printed: 9/22/2014
Andrew Rich Mesalliance 2008
Andrew Rich Mesalliance 2008
(search item no. 108415)
boutique wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/22/2014: $15.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

46% Malbec, 46% Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot. A misalliance (mésalliance in French) is a marriage of social unequals. The name came about when I blended 30% Merlot into the '98 Cabernet Sauvignon and could no longer label it varietally. It was my all-too-subtle dig at the inferior Merlot vis-à-vis the noble Cab. In 2005, after a brief hiatus, the Més was resurrected, now, ironically, a Merlot-dominant blend. With the 2008 we are witness to what might be thought of as a third marriage, Malbec and Syrah fully sharing conjugal duties, with just a little Petit Verdot to unite them in holy vinosity.

A deep velvety purple red is extremely enticing. On the nose this is all bright berries and violets, with perhaps a hint of pomegranate. The rich round mid-palate is quite succulent but not at all fat, the briar-fruit flavors accented with chocolate, leading into a moderately long velour finish. Quite suave and very drinkable now, the Malbec's acidity has nicely integrated but should allow the wine to age over the near term.

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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.