As red blends have expanded Washington’s landscape, talented winemakers continue to explore the boundaries — if any — of this style of wine.
Not so many years ago, we mostly saw Bordeaux-style blends that included primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Now we are noticing not only a lot more using Syrah — which adds a certain richness to red wines — but also with many other varieties, including Sangiovese, Mourvèdre, Carménère and Grenache.
Using so many different grapes not only adds complexity and interest in a wine, but it also helps the wine taste more “complete” because each element can fill a need in its flavors and structure.
Such wines help make the Washington wine industry so much more interesting. Here are a few red blends we've tasted recently. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.