Thursday, September 4, 2014

Weekly Wine Review - Washington State Red - 2011 Hestia Red Blend

During my latest trip to my favorite wine shop, I spent quite a bit of time browsing the "Red Blend" section.  Some look at blend wines (several different grape varieties used) as somehow inferior. For me, a blend gives the winemaker more flexibility to create something wonderful vs. being locked in to a certain percentage of one grape variety in order for the wine to be labeled as that variety.  Let's see if I'm right!

Wine: 2011 Hestia Red Blend
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $23
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, dark purple center with a pink rim.
Aroma: Big fruit - blackberries and blueberries, spice and vanilla. Taste: Wow!  The big fruit and wonderful vanilla flavors remind me a lot of one of my all time favorite wineries in Spain - Alto Moncayo. Wonderfully balanced, excellent finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A+. This is truly an exceptional wine. The flexibility of the red blend really paid off here. Mixing "Rhone" varietals like Syrah with "Bordeaux" varietals like Cab, Petite Verdot, and Malbac may be considered heresy by some... but that's OK as it just means more of this great wine for me!

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