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O Wines Red Wine Blend 2010

Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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13.5% ABV
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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

O Wines Red Wine is a rich, flavorful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. The wine offers juicy Washington fruit character with aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, baking spice, cocoa, and cherry. My favorite pairings with this wine are pizza, grilled burgers or veggie and meat skewers.

Blend: 59% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah and 3% other blending varieties.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Over the past two decades, both California and Washington State have slowly incorporated Syrah into their Bordeaux blends. The appealing 2010 received 11% Syrah in addition to other blending varieties. This wine shows pert red fruit flavors with a note of savory spices. Pair with hanger steak. (Tasted: June 23, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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O Wines, Columbia Valley, Washington
O for Opportunity. Each purchase helps O Wines provide scholarships to low income young women so they can meet their highest potential through education. O Wines from Washington state, was established in 2006 with a mission to fund scholarships for disadvantaged, deserving youth. The brand has funded more than 40 student scholarships in four years by partnering with organizations like the College Success Foundation. O Wines offers a Chardonnay and Red Blend from Washington's Columbia Valley.

Columbia Valley

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A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

RPT65338396_2010 Item# 124232