Lemberger is probably not the best name for a wine. The first thing that springs to mind is a seriously stinky industrial cheese (Limberger); something your father or grandfather ate after loosing a bet. Lemberger is named for its grape variety (a varietal
wine) which is officially known as Blaufränkisch, the noble red grape of Austria. Call me crazy but I think Blaufränkisch is a better name. Blau means blue in German, While Fränkisch dates back to the reign of Charlemagne (medival vineyard owner, ruler and namesake of Corton-Charlemagne) who classified high quality varieties as “Franconian” (Fränkisch) and lesser ones “Hunnic” (heunisch). Blue-blooded nobility over foul funky cheese? Gimmee some help here marketing gurus. . . It's also known as Kékfrankos in Eger, Hungary where it's the principal grape variety in Egri Bikavér, which is Bull's Blood of Eger in English. Now there's a name!
I bought this bottle last fall in Oregon at a Fred Meyer (We also found several Louis/Dressner
wines there so they must be doing something right). grocery store on a whim and it sat around here in London until recently (I swear a Blaufränkisch would have been consumed months earlier). It was a very pleasant surprise and my first taste of wines from Kiona Vineyards
. I'll be sure to look out for more of them this summer when we return to Oregon.
2002 Kiona Lemberger Columbia Valley, Washington State 13%
Medium ruby red with edge beginning to go brick
Black Currant, blackberry, light spice, very elegant nose. bit of oak/vanilla peaking through and a little peaty smokiness. Very interesting. . .
Med to Light bodied black currant anics, med tannins, Dr. Pepper-like finish.
:D Very good, very suprising and a great value (aprox. $12) for such an elegant wine Find this wine
Besides the name, I don't think Kiona is doing itself any favors with its label. The glittery Vegas showgirl look makes it seem cheap and dated and a little sad. "Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl. . . " Their 2003 has a more tasteful label but I don't think tasteful is what you need, especially if you're up against the 3 second rule
. Why not just use the Bull thing and go for all those Red Bull hipsters? Especially since they have many other more interesting labels
for their wines.
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