Sunday, June 27, 2010
"Summer Island Wines of Washington" wine and small plates tasting is the second in a series hosted by the wonderful Julie Hillman of Noble Wines Ltd. Featuring red and white varietals from San Juan Vineyards and Whidbey Island Vineyards, and spectacular small plates. Is there a better location? I don’t think so. The wine was great, the food was great, the staff was great, and the company was great….
Italian flatbread with goat cheese and bay shrimp*** what flavor
2008 Siegerrebe, San Juan Vineyards*** this wine came alive with food. Full of minerals, showing will balance acids. Siegerrebe is a German and Austrian varietal grown where temperatures are cooler such as the Puget Sound.
Pan seared Diver Scallop over Romesco sauce*** cooked just right.
2008 Madeleing Angevine, San Juan Vineyards** grapefruit, minerals, acid and long lasting. Northern European varietal grown where temperatures are cooler such as the Puget Sound.
2008 Dolcetto, Whidbey Island Vineyards*** berry flavors and notes of vanilla. Yakima Valley fruit.
Italian Salsa and fresh mozzarella on crostini***
2007 Sangiovese, Whidbey Island Vineyards*** bright rich flavors of black cherry, fruit forwarded.
Bake brie in puff pastry with fig compote**** the fig compote was the star of the afternoon.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, San Juan Vineyards**** :-) flavor on the mid palate with cherry finishing nicely with a hint of oak. Kestrel View Estates fruit.
Prosciutto wrapped blackened filet** prosciutto rapt anything is good.
2007 Cabernet Franc, San Juan Vineyards*** nice tannins and fruit. Alder Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills fruit.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Lars Sorensen, wines selected from his Cascade Trade portfolio.
Inka Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Leyda Valley, Chile*** crisp with mineral notes, and rasins
Starry Night Chardonnay Russian River 2007 Sonoma County, California****:-) full and rich flavors pear, creamy finish.
Donnadieu Cuvie Camille & Juliette 2007 St. Chinian, France*** well balance, dark berry aromas with plums.
Cana's Feast Bricco 2007 Willamette Valley, Oregon***
Thorn-Clarke Shiraz Milton Park 2008 Barossa Valley, Australia***:-) smooth with a flavorful viscous mouth feel, jammy.
Finca 21 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Mendoza, Argentina*** From 50-year old vines southeast of Mendoza.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Wine pickup time
2007 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon***
2007 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot***
Since we were in Woodinville why not taste more wine? After all several tasting rooms were having a ‘Summer Block Party’ hosted By:Alder Ridge Estate Winery, Airfield Estates, Goose Ridge Estate Winery, Canon De Sol Winery and Irlandes Limited Reserve Winery.
Goose Ridges Estates
We found the wonderful Julie Hillman pouring wine.
2005 Estate Syrah***
2006 Estate Merlot*** black cherry
2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon**
2006 Vireo** light on the finish
2006 Sol DUC Meritage** still young
2007 Reserve Malbec*** hint of resins
2005 Reserve Syrah** bacon notes
2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon** plums
Canon De Sol Winery/ Irlandes Wines, Wine Experience
This was our least favorite tasting experience. It’s very difficult to have the full wine tasting experience with a minus one ounce pour.
2007 Irlandes Reserve Merlot**** jammy, star of the days tasting
2005 Canon De Sol Merlot****
2007 Irlandes Reserve Syrah**** jammy
2005 Canon De Sol Syrah***
2005 Canon De Sol Meritage** fruity
2006 Canon De Sol Red Table***
2007 Irlandes Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon*** well balance
2007 Irlandes Reserve Karma***
Alder Ridge and Zefina
2006 Zefina Tempranillo*** dried fruit
2005 Zefina Sangiovese** Cherry nose
2005 Zefina Zinfandel***
2005 Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon***
2006 Zefina Mourvedre** peppery
Thursday, June 17, 2010
We dropped in to confirm the BBQ schedule for Saturday was still on. Having tasted most of the wines before, we rated the new wines.
2007 Pinot Gris *** flavors of melon, Refreshing
2008 Rose** taste of strawberry’s
2008 Blank des Coteaux***
2007 Riesling*** flavors of stone fruit
2007 Estate Merlot
Wine O’ Clock Wine Bar***
Located in Vintner's Village, Wine o'clock Wine Bar is the tasting room for Bunnell Family Cellar and RiverAerie. On weekends it offers roasted gourmet pizza, salads, cheese assortments, and soup. So for us it was time for lunch.
Asparagus, mascarpone and herb butter ***
2004 Bunnell Family Cellars Boushey-McPherson Vineyard Syrah*** berry and dark spice flavors
2006 Estate Boulder Red**** a nice, easy drinking wine, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, and 12% Syrah
2006 Estate Merlot*** black cherries
2006 Estate Malbec*** rose on the nose and spice
2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon** light on the finish
2005 Gamache-Champoux Reserve Cabernet***
2005 Estate Syrah**** spice on the palate. 91 Points - Wine Spectator
2007 Estate Viognier*** full bodied
2009 Traditions Rose*** Strawberries
2006 Estate Petite Sirah*** jammy
2007 Estate Tasting Room Red*** soft
2006 Estates Merlot*** sophisticated
2007 Estates Malbec**** jammy, rich, silky, velvety. Just rated best Washington wine per Northwest Wine Summit
2006 Estates Cabernet Sauvignon*** deep fruit and generous mouth-feel
Coyote Canyon - H/H Estate Reserve
2006 Tres Cruces***
2006 Robert Andrews H/H Estate Red Reserve**
2006 Syrah H/H Estate***
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon***
Bozak H/H Estate Red Reserve**
Martinez & Martinez Winery
2006 Cesir Red** pencil shavings and cardboard
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon**
We did not taste any new wines.
Whistran Brew Company
This was a good way to end the day of wine tasting at Prosser’s only, so finest Micro Brewery.
Deep fried Asparagus*** so why deep fry wonderful asparagus?
Tri tips and mash potatoes***
Hamburger with bacon***
Horse Heaven Hefe*** a Bavarian-style hefeweizen
June 12, 2010
We started the day with a short trip to the Red Mountain area. Were our plan was to visit wineries we have not visited in the pass.
Benton City, Washington
2007 Syrah ***
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon *** pepper on the nose
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon***
Benton City, Washington
2007 Murray Cuvee*** smooth, light bodied
2008 Murray Syrah**
2007 Pepper Bridge Red Wine**
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon***
2006 Red Mountain Red Wine*** good structure, mellowness
Benton City, Washington
Lunch time and were better to go than the newly open to the public what is called ‘Saturday Sole.’
Assorted Mediterranean Olives*** mild, unpitted country style
Bison Carpaccio**** garnished with Mache’ and Cyprus Salt
Cavatappi con Oro del Puma*** imbued with truffle oil and bacon
Winemaker’s Flight*** 2004, 2005 and 2006 Col Solare
Back to the Prosser area
Heaven’s Cave Cellars
2007 Two Degrees Barbera**** plum jam and earthy
2007 The Dweller Syrah*** Spicy, black pepper
2007 “Amethyst” Malbec*** velvety mouth-feel
2007 “Innkeeper” Cabernet Sauvignon***
2005 Angel’s Blend*** Bordeaux blend, fruity
Olsen Estates 2010 Winemakers Barbeque
This was the reason for the trip. To pick up our club wine and to enjoy the Winemakers Barbeque. The event was catered by ‘Tuscany’ a new restaurant in town. The menu included, skewered chicken, roasted pork, salmon with tapenade, cheese plate, and sliced potato salad. We started the afternoon by tasting what they called Futures (wine bottled but not released). Were possible these futures were compared to the existing releases.
2008 (Futures) Grenache**** All I can say about this is “Wow”
2007 Estates Petit Verdot*** Black cherry, and long finish
2008 (Futures) Estates Petit Verdot*** laid back, cherries
2008 (Futures) Heritage**** cooler conditions will make this drinkable early on.
June 13, 2010
2005 Tasawik Merlot** nice nose
2005 Tasawik Cabernet Sauvignon** taste of berries
2007 Tasawik Sangiovese** 100% Sangiovese
2007 Tasawik Mistura** light
Maison Bleue Winery
2008 La Vie Douce Roussanne*** off-dry, nose of wild flower honey.
2008 La Montagnette Grenache*** light rated 92, dark plum
2008 La Rogue Syrah*** rated 91
Milbrandt Vineyard for lunch
Milbrandt Club*** layers of various kinds of ham and salamis with tapenade and melted provolone.
2008 Bombshell*** dark fruit, 41% Syrah, 35% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Sangiovese, 4% Malbec, 3% Cab Franc
2008 Spitfire*** Deep garnet color, medium-bodied, 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petite Verdot
2008 Hellcat** better paired with food, 88% Tempranillo, 6% Grenache, 6% Syrah
2008 Zinfandel*** jammy fruit flavors, maybe allspice
We almost did not stop by this trip. Last visit there was not one of the best. I’m glad we did, the wines were good and their menu has greatly improved.
2007 Cabernet Franc*** berries
2006 Syrah*** jammy
2006 Grenache*** fruity and peppery
2007 Malbec*** fruit mid palate with a peppery finish
2008 Collina Bella*** needs age to tame
2008 Dr. Wolfes Family Red*** spicy and fruity
2008 Burgess Vineyard Syrah***
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon the Teacher*** full flavor
2007 Petite Sirah** smooth
“Pool Time” Back to our Hotel
Time for dinner!
Apex Wine and Food Pairing
Tuscany Rustic Italian Bistro
This was a real treat. Our plan was to try this new Restaurant in Prosser. They also were the folks who catered the Olsen Estates 2010 Winemakers Barbeque. When we arrived restaurant we found a close sign, yet there were people inside. It was an Apex Cellars wine and food pairing hosted by Master Sommelier Angelo Tavernaro. We were invited in and asked to join the event, lucky us. Angelo is one of only a 150 or so Master Sommelier in the world, what a treat.
Assorted fruits and cheeses
Covet sparkling red**
Covet sparkling white brut**
Smoked salmon canape’ with olive tapenade***
2008 Apex II Pinot Gris***
2008 Apex Chardonnay***
Pork Osso Bucco***
2006 Apex Merlot***
Chocolate Ganache over chocolate cake***
1992 Apex Tawny Vintage Port
June 14, 2010
Our trip to Prosser was over. Our next stop before home was Leavenworth! Then on home.
Monday, June 7, 2010
We tasted most of these wines before. In most cases the wines have a higher rating than the last taste. This was probably do to not being professional tasters and the environment.
2007 Woodslake Chardonnay*** no oak, refreshing, with a soft mouth feel.
2009 Patterson Cellars Chardonnay*** Aroma of pineapple on the nose, depth and balance with a hint of toasty oak and a crisp fruit finish, yum.
2009 Patterson Cellars Rose*** off dry, with cherry and strawberry.
NV Patterson Cellars Woodslake Due Anni*** made for summer, drink cooled. Made with 2007 and 2008 juice.
2006 Patterson Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon*** 87% Cab, 9% Cab Franc and 4% Syrah.
2009 Sauvignon Blanc***
2008 Gerwurztraminer*** waiting for summer.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon** 93%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
2007 Slide Ridge** 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 53% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot
2007 Robt D*** 60% Cabernet Franc, 20% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Delorious*** Great nose of black cherry with an elegant long and smooth finish
Nicest stemware used by any tasting room.
2009 Viognier Le Deuce*** a blend of 52% Viognier and 48% Roussanne. A palate of pineapple juice.
2008 Purple Haze*** 52% cab, 33% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc
2007 Chaos*** 40% Cab, 40% Merlot, 12% Cab Franc, 8% Petite Verdot
2007 Dark Side Syrah***
Michael Florentino Cellars
New to Woodinville
2007 Sangiovese Gecko Cellars**
2007 Ruby Leigh*** 65% Hedges North Block and Klipsun Merlot, 17% Kiona Cabernet Franc, 9% Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Kiona Petit Verdot
2007 Outlaw Merlot*** rich and silky on the tongue
2007 Stella Mae*** 62% Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 21% Klipsun and Hedges Merlot, 17% Stillwater Creek Petit Verdot
2007 Kingpin Cabernet Sauvignon*** 85% Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Klipsun Merlot, 11% Snipes Canyon Petit Verdot. 92 points Wine Enthusiast Cellar Selection.
2007 Wilderness Red Blend*** 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot, 29% Syrah, 12% Petite Syrah, 18% Petit Verdot
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Swede Hill Cellars 2009 Rosi** dry and full-bodied blend of Cinsault, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre with lots of spice.
Swede Hill Cellars 2009 Viognier** this is a blend of 76% Viognier, 18% Roussanne and a splash of Chardonnay. Nice nose and flavors of what I call “fruit pit”, the taste of a peach or apricot close to the pit.
Swede Hill Cellars 2007 Tempranillo** light on the palate.
Swede Hill Cellars 2008 Compendium*** blend of Cinsault, Syrah and Mourvedre with a splash of Viognier. Nice nose, with notes of pepper.
Swede Hill Cellars 2007 Syrah*** this is a blend of 91% Syrah and 9% Grenache.
Swede Hill Cellars 2007 Mystique Red*** blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
Swede Hill Cellars 2007 L'Entente** blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and co-fermented Viognier.
Chateau Lestrille Blanc 2009** a Bordeaux White. A blend of 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Muscadelle, and 5% Simillon with the taste of heavy grapefruit.
Chateau Lestrille Rose 2009*** a Bordeaux Rose made from 100% Merlot.
Calabre Rose 2009*** a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is well balance and elegant.
Domaine de la Saint Jeante 2006** this is a blend of 50% Carignan, 30% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre.
Chateau Guibot la Fourvieille 2005*** on the palate red berry fruit, a little earth and ripe tannins. This was the hit of the tasting.
Chateau La Sergue 2002*** a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. An easy-going wine.