This week’s final Washington Red is the 2006 Bergevin Lane Calico Red. Bergevin Lane was founded in 2001 by Annette Bergevin and Amber Lane (together with Gary Bergevin, Annette’s father). According to their website, they ended up in the wine biz in Walla Walla, Washington after escaping the “rat race” in California. Hmmmm…… I know nothing about rats or races…… Anyhoo, I digress……
Though the Bergevin Lane winery is located in Walla Walla, this blend is made from grapes throughout the Columbia Valley, hence the Columbia Valley AVA designation. It is a blend of 36% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, and a bit of Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc to round out the remaining 9%. It is dark, brilliant garnet in color with a big aroma of dark, juicy berries, cedar, vanilla, and a bit of earthy soil. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and juicy, although it definitely needs a bit of time to breathe so that the various notes can balance out a bit.
A solid red blend to be sure, although not quite as stunning at $19.99/bottle as the Syncline Subduction Red.
3.5 corks popped!