BROWNE FAMILY VINEYARDS took founder Andrew Browne 15 years to launch, he explains, because he was so deliberate about the vineyards he lined up and the staff he hired. His goal? To make world-class wines in Washington’s Columbia Valley and pay tribute to his family, especially his grandfather. Browne is a veteran of several of the country’s largest wine companies and in 2003 founded Precept Wine in Seattle, which has grown to be the largest privately held wine company in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012, Precept acquired Ste. Chapelle in Idaho and in 2014 formed a sales and marketing partnership with the noted sparkling wine producer Gruet in New Mexico. The Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red reviewed below showcases Andrew Browne’s passion for fine wine.
Browne Family Vineyards Tribute Red Wine Columbia Valley 2014, $30: Are you familiar with the style and class of Washington’s Columbia Valley reds? This blend broadcasts the delicious flavors of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a blend of 39 percent Merlot, 24 percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15 percent Malbec, plus lesser amounts of Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Carmenere. Flavors are concentrated, tannins are round and smooth, the fruit just begs you to keep drinking it. It’s an explosion of dark berries, plum, spice and dark chocolate. And it has the muscle to taste fresh days after you open the bottle. Don’t scour stores looking for it. Just order a bottle from the winery.
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