2005 The Magnificent Wine Co. House Wine, Columbia Valley Red

12072007.jpgYou have to hand it to these folks… they have the marketing down – eye-catching labels, down-to-earth names (House Wine, Steak House, Fish House… etc.) and a decent web site aimed at consumers and wine writers like me. I like what they have going on.

I also really like Washington State wines. After our trip through Walla Walla earlier this year, I seek out smaller labels from the Evergreen State whenever I can. So, when I was in Kitsilano Wine Cellars yesterday and came across this wine, I thought I’d give it a try.

It’s a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 11% Syrah, 3% Malbec and 2% Cabernet Franc. What it adds up to is a dark and vibrant red wine with a licorice, dark fruit and herbal nose. A juicy sip shows all that as well as a meaty and smoothly tannic finish.

For a Washington wine with this much going on, this is a very good value. I’ll buy it again, and that’s the ultimate judgment. 🙂

$25 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars here in Vancouver.

4 stars

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