Browne Family Vineyards Red Blend (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
This Red Blend is introduced with aromas of ripe blackberry and a hint of cedar-box. The Malbec adds blueberry and raspberry, while the Cabernet adds a dense core of dark cherry. Petit Verdot contributes a touch of spice with rounded structure of soft tannin. The wine has a long, inviting finish.
Blend: 45% Malbec, 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Wine Spectator - "fresh and expressive, with sage and lime blossom overtones to the dark berry and spice flavors, riding on a sleek frame over refined tannins into the long finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah."
Browne Family Vineyards
The Browne Family wines were developed to showcase the high quality Washington wine that their world class growers and winemakers produce. Browne Family has been a work in progress for the past fifteen years from the development in the vineyards to selecting the winemaking team that understood their vision of what a great wine meant. The finished product is a wine that over delivers. Browne is the family name and with it comes a responsibility for quality, craftsmanship and commitment now and in the future. View all Browne Family Vineyards Wines
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 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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