Roland Wines 2011 La Chanson, Yakima Valley, $24

By on April 28, 2015

roland-wines-la-chanson-2011-labelMarc Roland works with small lots from some of Washington state’s top vineyards and offers them to his fans in Longview, Wash., and here’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon off Stillwater Creek, Merlot from Red Willow Vineyard and Cabernet Franc from Dineen Vineyard. Aromas of cherry jam, plum and grilled cherry tomato pick up notes of toffee, black tea, nutmeg and dried herbs. The smooth entry of red currant and President plum leads to a skillful balance of tannin and acidity. The influence of Cab Franc shows up in the finish of sweet herbs, which are joined by dark raspberries. These wines are available via the website and at his winery near Longview Country Club.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 80 cases

Alcohol: 13.8%

Winery website

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2 Comments

  1. Chris

    May 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    The winery website gives different info for this wine than your review…

    Fruit: Bordeaux Blend

    Vineyard: Le Vignes de Marcoux (Red Willow) Yakima Valley & Dineen Vineyard

    Vintage: 2011

    Style: Bordeaux style blend

    Tasting Notes: This wine has rich dark fruit flavors with smooth integrated tannins. It is a blend of Merlot (75%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (25%). Aged in new French and American oak for 16 months. This is an elegant wine with layers of flavor. Look for black current, licorice, vanilla, and spice.

  2. Marc Roland

    May 5, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    My apologies. The tasting note for the 2011 La Chanson were not updated on the website. Thank you for making us aware. Marc

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