This is a fun, food-friendly wine that is fantastic for anyone who needs a good dinner bottle or just wants to try something different. We love it for its spiciness and modern, New World take on a very traditional style. Lemberger (better known as Blaufrankisch) is the most important red grape in Austria and Hungary, and while you don’t see it too often in Washington State, at one time it was under consideration for state grape! Kiona Vineyards is the first commercial grower of Lemberger in the United States, and in the dry heat of the famed Red Mountain A.V.A. (which they also started), it becomes softer and more crowd-pleasing than in Central Europe.
This wine offers the classic varietal aromas of black cherry and black pepper, which lead into flavor layers of blueberry, blackberry compote, pomegranate, and star anise. It has medium acidity and tannins that lead into a long, structured finish.