Kiona Estates Cuvee 2014, Columbia Valley
In 1975, John Williams and Jim Holmes planted the first vineyard on Red Mountain, in Washington, an area now known for producing some of the world’s most powerful, opulent wines of distinction. For three generations they've worked side by side, hand in hand to craft exciting, vineyard-driven wines that capture the essence of Red Mountain and the Columbia Valley. Kiona Estates Cuvée 2014 is a blend from all of their estate vineyards. Each site contributes to the wine in a special way, resulting in an estate-grown wine that is uniquely representative of Washington state. The Columbia Valley components bring acid, fruit, and drinkability, while the Red Mountain additions contribute depth, structure, and color. This nuanced, multi-faceted, food-pairing superstar shows that Washington wines pack a serious punch at every price point. This classic blend showcases smooth, refined tannins and a long finish. Supple dark berry and earth on the palate round out the experience. Selective blending from some of Washington’s finest vineyards along with careful oak aging yields a balanced, intricate wine. They are able to sell it inexpensively because they sell grapes to about 60 other wineries, and make their money there.