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Browne Family Vineyards Red Blend 2010

Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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Winemaker Notes

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

Critical Acclaim

WS 90
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.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

More than half Merlot with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon (39%) and Syrah (10%), it’s immediately appealing and freshly flavored with notes of bittersweet chocolate, cherry and dried herbs supported by a backbone of grainy tannins.

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Browne Family Vineyards

Browne Family Vineyards

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Browne Family Vineyards, , Washington
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.

Mourvedre

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Never lacking in color, tannin, or bold, mouth-filling texture, Mourvèdre is most commonly deployed to provide substance in blends with Grenache and Syrah/Shiraz. Despite being better known by its French name, Mourvèdre is actually of Spanish provenance, originally known as Monastrell. In Spain, it is one of the most commonly planted red grapes, serving as the principal variety in regions such as Alicante, Jumilla, and Yecla. It truly thrives, however, in Provence’s Bandol region, where it produces singular red and rosé wines along with Grenache and [Cinsault]. It is also of great importance in the Southern Rhône alongside Grenache and Syrah—and in California and Australia, where those blends are frequently mimicked.

In the Glass

Mourvèdre/Monastrell is responsible for robust, heady wines with dark berry fruit and a somewhat gamey quality. At its finest, it takes on brambly red and black fruit flavors and hints of herbs, leather, dark chocolate, and licorice. It can be prohibitively tannic in its youth, but well-aged examples can show an impressive degree of elegance and an attractive perfume. In blends with Grenache and Syrah, Mourvèdre provides fleshy texture, tannic structure, and deep color.

Perfect Pairings

This earthy Mediterranean variety loves rustic food—think cassoulet, wild boar ragu, or smoky ribs. Mourvèdre’s tannins are bold but not bitter, lending the wine the weight and texture it needs to pair with such hearty fare.

Sommelier Secret

Mourvèdre used to have significant plantings in California, but it was unfashionable and its presence was quickly declining in the late 20th century. In the 1980s, a group of California winemakers inspired by the wines of the Rhône Valley (aptly named the Rhône Rangers) brought the variety back into the spotlight. Plantings have since increased and “GSM” blends are now a highly-regarded specialty of the Central Coast.

PRCP9BFRD10C_2010 Item# 123680

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