2017 Owen Roe Yakima Red
2017 Owen Roe Yakima Red The aromas from the 2017 Yakima Valley Red Wine capture beautiful notes of soft leather, baking spices and bright berry, followed by underlying hints of mint. Soft tannins dance on the tip of the tongue followed by a mouth-coating palate brimming with plum, black pepper and bright cherry. Its medium acidity allows this wine to be aged 10+ years!
Red wine has been prevalent since prehistory (the period before written records) as winemaking originated and spread throughout the world. In this case, “red blend” refers to any red wine that contains more than one red grape variety in the final product, though certain red blends can have their own designation as varietal wines despite comprising multiple grapes.
For much of the history of European wine, red blends were in fact more common than single varietals, as winemaking was typically region-centric and featured grapes consolidated from vineyards across a given area. One famous example of this practice is the Bordeaux blend, which originated in the 18th or 19th century and usually comprises Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Though prominent red blends such as Bordeaux still remain popular, many red blends have been associated with lower quality due to the assumption that the term indicates cheaper table wines. However, many high-quality wine producers still elect to produce red blends, and these wines can in fact offer many unique and delicious flavors due to the winery’s ability to custom design the profile of their product.