Have you ever thought about what it is that makes you choose a wine? For me it varies; the varietal, the region, the font, and to a far lesser degree, branding.  With that said it was the branding on the bottle of Bombing Range Red 2011 that got me to pick up the bottle and take it home.

Bombing Range Red 2011 is produced by McKinley Springs out of Washington State. Second only to California in the quantity of wine produced, Washington state is largely known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, and now Cabernet Franc.  The Bombing Range Red 2011 is an estate blend of Syrah (29%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%),Cabernet Franc (18%), Malbec (18%), Mourvedre (10%). It also comes with an intriguing wine label that gets you wondering how bombing and something as lovely as wine could find synonymity.

Our tribute to our troops and the Horse Heaven Hills’ colorful history. During WWII our land was used as a training ground for U.S. fighter pilots. The U.S. P-40 Hawk fighter planes depicted on our label truly captures the spirit of our Bombing Range Red. We pay tribute to military females, with an original photograph depicting four female pilots and their ship, Pistol Packin’ Mama.

On colour, the Bombing Range Red 2011 holds a ruby-red hue. On the nose, strawberry, lavender, and cherry are noted. On the palate, you are greeted with a jam like mouth feel that consists of blackberry, cherry, some vanilla and well-tempered tannins.  This wine comes with a medium to long finish which brings forth a blueberry taste at the end.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $24.95

We gave this wine a 3.5 out of 5