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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 10 
ProducerKiona (web)
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationRed Mountain
UPC Code(s)084654500017

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2011 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.8 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 15 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by pugblanc on 11/2/2013 flawed bottle: Yuck/corked? (539 views)
 Tasted by Jasonbackus on 9/15/2011: very tasty. (1830 views)
 Tasted by WineTraveler on 2/1/2011 & rated 90 points: Great earthy nose and smooth on the tongue (2092 views)
 Tasted by garywa on 9/23/2010 & rated 90 points: smooth, fruity, and clear (2609 views)
 Tasted by gwkozar on 9/6/2010 & rated 87 points: light, light body, mineral, lght pepper, light oak. (2139 views)
 Tasted by esb on 6/2/2010 & rated 85 points: TR so general impressions. I don't know Lemberger but this is good wine. Spicy with blackberry, light in the mouth with a short/medium finish. Nice, simple casual drinker. (1871 views)
 Tasted by rmh66 on 5/27/2010 & rated 86 points: [Edited comments] Some people will love this, especially for the price ($10), but I'm afraid that this isn't my style. Nice nose of black cherry, wild berries (hmm, maybe crunch berries), earth, a little barnyard (which I like), and maybe a hint of blood. I like the nose better than the palate. Very smooth and soft and a little sweet. Spice. Some vanilla oak on the back. To me, it's just a little too soft and sweet. It has a cloying goopy-ness that I find unpleasant. It needs some structure. There is a good amount of acidity that is a little unbalanced at first, but it's a saving grace. After a day in the fridge, the balanced improved quite a bit. It's still a bit goopy, but it's kind of drinkable. This reminds me of Layer Cake or Apothic Red, except that the nose has more rustic funk. Maybe if there was a Loire Valley Layer Cake, it would approximate this. 84-86. (1760 views)
 Tasted by DrinkNectar on 2/28/2010 & rated 90 points: The Lemberger is like a Pinot Noir with muscle.

The Stuff: 100% Estate Lemberger from Red Mountain AVA Kiona Vineyards
The Swirl: A dark strawberry color that was about 50% translucent. Muted jewel tones
The Sniff: Bright strawberry and cherry with moterate earthiness and minerality
The Sip: A sweet wash of cherry, vanilla and some cola flavors. The wine is sweet and soft with more substance on the back end with some spice and tannin
The Score: At just $11 this is easily a 4 (out of 5). An incredible value for a wine that provides a variety of flavor (2180 views)
 Tasted by BoozingIt on 2/5/2010 & rated 87 points: Kiona winemaker Scott Williams brings Lemberger to life. http://bit.ly/asaYOO This 2006 Lemberger is a beautiful ruby color. 25% New French and American Oak, 75% Older French and American Oak. 13.5% alcohol. I get aromas of Blackberries, Toasted Oak, Pepper and Gravel. It's slightly mineral with hints of Soil and Chocolate. I also get a little Candle Wax on the nose as well. Flavors of Blackberry, Sour Cherry, Bitter Chocolate, Pepper and Oak with subtle Caramel. Good balance, Light Body, Soft mid-palate with a touch of oak and pepper on the finish. A good BBQ wine. You can fine Kiona Vineyards online at http://www.kionawine.com/ (1467 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 12/29/2009 & rated 88 points: Winery: Spicy brown leave & sauce; plum, low t’s, good a’s...not bad. (463 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (2/26/2010)
(Kiona Estate Lemberger Red Mountain) An aromatic wine with a nose loaded with red fruit, spice, and floral notes. A fair bit of alcohol shows at times. The taste is rich and fruit-filled with a potpourri of flowers and spice. A whole lot of wine for the money. 100% Estate Lemberger. Aged in French and American oak (25% new). 13.5% alcohol. 5,100 cases produced. Recommended.  ***  points
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Officially classified under the name “Blauer Limberger,” this red grape variety also goes by the synonyms “Lemberger” and “Blaufränkisch.” The late-ripening Lemberger probably originated in vineyards on the lower stretches of the Danube River. In Austria, it is known as Blaufränkisch and in Hungary it is known as Kékfrankos.

Usually, the wines are extremely dark in color. The bouquet can range from rather quiet to powerful, reminiscent of blackberries, sweet or sour cherries, plums, currants, gooseberries, elderberries, bananas and chocolate, as well as vegetal aromas, such as green beans or green bell peppers. Depending on vinification techniques, the wines have a fruity or a tannic accent and a long finish. Thanks to their acid, extract and tannin profile, even drier versions of Lemberger have good aging potential. Barrique-aging adds another dimension...reminiscent of Mediterranean warmth and charm.

Light, fruity Lemberger wines are ideal with platters of cheese and/or cold cuts as well as summer BBQ foods. More tannic Lemberger wines are great with pâtés, grilled steak and the whole range of roasted game (feathered or furry); also: pot roast, lamb, roast beef, and cheese, such as low-fat blue, brined (e.g. feta), or ripe Alpine (fairly pungent in aroma and/or flavor) types.



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Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

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The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

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