Kyra Wines announces the addition of a second label for blended wines. The blend program begins with the release of a 2011 GARNET (red blend) and 2012 OPAL (white blend).
We wanted to set the blends apart from our straight varietals and yet still have them be a part of Kyra Wines, says Kyra Baerlocher, winemaker.
Kyras great-grandmother was named Garnet. I like how it goes along with the character I remember as Grandma Garnie: diverse interests, plenty of spunk, and still a softness of heart. The 2011 vintage contains five varietals all from the Baerlocher vineyards, Purple Sage and Pheasant, on the Wahluke Slope and include Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Malbec, and Sangiovese.
The white blend was then a logical step, as Garnets sister was named Opal. The 2012 OPAL shows off the gritty steel of character while not missing out on the lady-like elegance, just as Kyras great aunt was. The new release is a blend of Viognier, Riesling, and Rousanne from the Cave B Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes of the Columbia Valley AVA.
Both of these new wines are distributed by Cordon Selections and available at many retail outlets.