At one time, Lemberger (also known as Blaufrankisch) was touted as the Zinfandel of Washington. Now that Washington actually makes Zinfandel, not to mention Syrah, poor old Lem has lost a bit of lustre. Nonetheless Kiona's was, and is, one of the best. Soft, grapy, fruity, simple and scrumptious.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: email@example.com.