2012 Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Lemberger

Black and blue fruits with hints of cocoa and sweet tobacco on the zesty, spicy nose.  Soft and blue on the palate with a fine mineral structure. Black tea and orange-laced acids lead into the juicy, mouthwatering, dry finish. This is really tasty. Bright black/blue fruits delivered in a savory-spicy package. I would compare this to a Loire Valley Chinon (Cabernet Franc). Lemberger is also known as Blaufränkisch (blue Frankish) in Germany, Franconia in Italy and is mainly grown in Washington State, Idaho and the Finger Lakes region in the U.S. $14.99

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2013 Gorman Winery The Devil You Know

This smells of Bordeaux.  Integration and balance.  Leather, earth, blackberry, cassis – sweet herbs and savory spices forming a seamless scent. Luscious power and graceful elegance dance on the palate.  High toned blackberries lead into the dexterous, focused-mineral, dry finish with starbursts of tea and citrus acids carrying it on.  Head-shaking delicious. The first time I’ve tasted this wineries wines and they are profoundly good.  Columbia Valley, Washington. 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 18% Malbec, 6% Petite Verdot & 3% Cab Franc. $34.99

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2011 McKinley Springs Viognier Horse Heaven Hills

Bright gold color. Apricot, almond, faint white peach and a hint of spice on the waxy  nose.  This is all about texture, not fruitiness. Opulent, waxy (think olive oil) almond and spice notes with a lime/tangerine acidity following through to the dry, palate-coating finish.  Minerals and white peach linger. This wine is worth it just for the mouthfeel; incredibly suave and distinct. Not a flabby Viognier by any means.

McKinley Springs supplies 25 noted Washington wineries with grapes, including Andrew Rich, Northstar, Syncline, Hogue and Columbia Crest. Obviously they keep the best for themselves.

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