The grapes for our 2011 Founder’s Red were mostly selected from the Red Willow Vineyard, one of the most renowned red grape vineyards in Washington State. Situated in the remote northwest corner of the Yakima Valley region, Red Willow sits in the shadow of the towering 12,000-foot Mount Adams peak with no other vineyards within 20 miles. At a high elevation of 1,300 feet, Red Willow Vineyard has a uniquely complex soil series and steep hillsides. In 2011, the Yakima Valley had an early season freeze that was followed by a cooler-than-usual growing season. The cooler temperatures lengthened the time on the vine, resulting in well-balanced, ageworthy wines with good concentration and full, rich flavors.
Our Columbia Winery Founder’s Red is a flavorful blend of Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier that delivers complexity aromatically and on the palate. Hints of spicy oak are tucked snugly beneath aromas of fresh cherry and kirsch. Flavors of ripe currant, cranberry and plum are wrapped in velvety tannins and a nice acidity. Duck, lasagna Bolognese or ravioli make fantastic pairings to this medium-bodied wine.
Varietal Content: 69% Sangiovese, 26% Syrah, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Viognier
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Alcohol Content: 13.5%