A Spicy Blend
Bunnell Family Cellars
Bunnell is a family-run winery founded by winemaker Ron Bunnell and his wife, Susan. Ron cut his teeth at such recognizable wineries as Kendall Jackson, Beringer and Chateau Ste. Michelle before creating his label in 2004. The Bunnell’s wines are made on the family’s lavender farm, but the grapes are sourced through long-term contracts with some of the Columbia Valley's most highly regarded grape growers. The winery focuses on Rhône varietals with Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Petite Sirah and several blends. The 2007 Lia is a spicy, Southern Rhône-style blend of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre. The wine offers cloves, blackberry, black pepper and violets on the nose. In the mouth, the wine has bright acidity and flavors of blackberry, cherry, tomato, more pepper and clove. The oak influence is clear on the finish, which lingers with vanilla, eucalyptus and pine. The overall perception is that of a balanced and sophisticated blend for the price. Try it with a homemade potpie, grilled venison or boar sausage, goat cheeses or a simple steak and potatoes.
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