2010 Alexander Valley Three Vine Red
Red Blend •Lyon Vineyard
California: Alexander Valley
Blended to Perfection
We’re suckers for delicious red blends here at The Wine Spies, and today’s exceptional 2010 Alexander Valley Three Vine Red from Eco Terreno had our entire tasting panel reaching for more!
Beautifully layered and complex, today’s wine packs a mouthful of bold flavors in a very approachable package. The three varietals that comprise today’s wine (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot) come together to create a very food-friendly wine. We couldn’t wait to pair ours with a meal of seared lamb chops.
Our Agent Red prides himself on unearthing hidden gems, and today’s beautifully balanced blend fits this bill perfectly.
A rich scarlet, ever so slightly translucent, with a lovely pink rim at the very edge of the glass.
Strong hints of terroir on the nose, with earthy saddle leather and smoky tobacco leaf balanced by dark cherry, boysenberry, toasted vanilla bean, and caramel.
Layered and complex on the palate, with braised fruit of cherry, sweet plum, and blackberry laid overtop bittersweet chocolate, pomegranate black tea, dried cranberry, and sweet baking spices.
Wonderfully balanced, with fantastic structure and just a touch of grippy, velvety tannins.
Lamb chops, seared in a cast iron pan, drizzled with a rosemary and fennel herbal butter.
What the Winery Says
It has plum and black cherry aromas derived from Merlot, but the Cabernet Franc is more defined after aeration and showcases bergamot tea and dusty Cabernet-like aromas. The palate has an attack of lush, berry pie fruit, reigned in by the tannins contributed by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The finish is soft, with lingering tea and dried herbal notes. This is not a big, high-alcohol style wine, rather a more refined and elegant style with ripe, forward California fruit. It’s to be enjoyed now and will improve over the next 2 to 3 years. Very reflective of Alexander Valley, with elegance, tea-like aromas, paired with lush fruit and soft tannins.
- Mark Lyon
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 56% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot
- Lyon Vineyard
- 12 months in French and Hungarian oak
About the Winery
Eco Terreno wines are a project started by acclaimed winemaker Mark Lyon as a result of his wildly successful vineyards in the Alexander Valley. Mark is known primarily for his work with Sebastiani winery as well as the famous “Cinq Cepages” from Chateau St.Jean.
From the start, founder Mark Lyon enjoyed growing plants as a young child. At the early age of 16, Mark developed a deep seeded passion for fine wines thanks to his European travels with his family. In 1978, Mark graduated with a B.S. in Fermentation Science from the world famous Enology Department at U.C. Davis. Soon after, Mark was drawn to the unlimited potential of creating great wines in Sonoma County and accepted a job at Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma, California. Along with his new position, Mark’s father, Rusty, encouraged him to find a vineyard property within Sonoma County to cultivate his own grapes. Mark researched the wine producing regions of Sonoma County to see which areas had the most potential. He was really impressed with the Jordan Cabernets from Alexander Valley and thus set out to explore that region in search of potential vineyard land. In 1980, after an extensive search, Mark stumbled across a dilapidated 122-acre (92 acres planted to vines) property in Cloverdale, California.