Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Old World Charm In The New World -2002 Kiona Lemberger

Lemberger is a grape, known as Blaufrankisch, from Austria and is rarely found elsewhere. Thanks to Walter Clore, generally considered the father of the Washington wine industry, Lemberger has been planted in Washington, especially around Prosser, since the 1970s. Bob Woelhler, of the Wine Press Northwest, counts nine wineries making wine from Lemberger. There are approximately 230 acres planted in Washington. Kiona has been making Lemberger since the 1970s. The 2002 has a slightly sweet entry to the mouth followed by mushroom, berry and forest floor flavors. The wine is fairly big and round. It is structured with a European feel to it. We purchased it at the winery for around $20.


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