2006 Kiona Lemberger

Community Tasting Note


86 Points

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - [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.

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