Kiona Vineyards Winery 2011 Lemberger, Red Mountain, $15

By on March 27, 2014

kiona-wine-lemberger-label-nvBest Buy! A red wine of this quality from Red Mountain at this price? For decades, the Williams family has been using its delicious Lemberger to help white wine drinkers transition into the world of red wine consumption. Fascinating aromas include Bing cherry, dark plums, lilac and horehound. Inside are enjoyable flavors of dark cherry and cranberry with ample acidity and a pinch of black pepper. This cooler vintage carries a late bite of tannin, which gives this edition of Blaufrankisch an even broader appeal — and will make a great foil for patio-grilled hamburgers. It earned a silver medal at the 2014 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition. Longtime fans of “The Lem” should consider moving sooner rather than later on the 2011 because Kiona drastically cut production compared with the 2010 vintage.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 1,092 cases

Alcohol: 13.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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