By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.vapianovineyards.com/
Doing blends of various varietals is nothing uncommon but what we don’t see as much of is blending varietals and AVAs – this fun little blend from Va Piano Vineyards is such a wine. It’s under $25, drinks well and should age for a few more years to come – let’s dive in.
- Varietal Composition: 82% Cab Sauv, 14% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc and 1% Syrah
- Appellation: Columbia Valley and Walla Walla Valley
- Oak: 30% New French Oak
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- TA: .54
- pH: 3.83
- Price: $23
Nose: Plum jam, blackberry, bramble, peppercorn and black raspberry. leather glove and rose petal.
Taste: Stellar combination of blackberry jam, pepper, macerated cherries and raspberry. Good acidity on the mid palate that leads into a finish that lingers on for hours with notes of licorice, ink and dark chocolate. This is easily a no-brainer red wine for the money and one should be highly saught out.