Thursday, June 17, 2010

June Road Trip to Prosser, Washington

June 11, 2010

Olsen Estates
Olsen Estates
Prosser, Washington
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

2007 Syrah

2007 Heritage
Wine O’ Clock Wine Bar
Wine O’ Clock Wine Bar***
Prosser, Washington
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.
In side of Wine O’ Clock Wine Bar Asparagus, mascarpone and herb butter
Asparagus, mascarpone and herb butter ***
Anti pasta
Anti pasta***

2004 Bunnell Family Cellars Boushey-McPherson Vineyard Syrah*** berry and dark spice flavors
Gamache Vintners
Gamache Vintners
Prosser, Washington

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
Gamache Vintners
Milbrandt Vineyards
Prosser, Washington

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
Coyote Canyon - H/H Estate Reserve
Prosser, Washington

2006 Sangiovese***

2006 Tres Cruces***

2006 Robert Andrews H/H Estate Red Reserve**

2007 Syrah***

2006 Syrah H/H Estate***

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon***

Bozak H/H Estate Red Reserve**
Martinez & Martinez Winery
Martinez & Martinez Winery
Prosser, Washington

2009 Viognier**

2006 Cesir Red** pencil shavings and cardboard

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon**

2009 Roussanne**
Alexandria Nicole
Alexandria Nicole
Prosser, Washington
We did not taste any new wines.

Whistran Brew Company
Prosser, Washington
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.
Tapleil Wine
Tapleil Wine
Benton City, Washington

2007 Syrah ***

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon *** pepper on the nose

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon***
Hightower Cellars
Hightower Cellars
Benton City, Washington

2007 Murray Cuvee*** smooth, light bodied

2008 Murray Syrah**

2007 Pepper Bridge Red Wine**

2006 Merlot**

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon***

2006 Red Mountain Red Wine*** good structure, mellowness
Col Solare Mt. Adams
Col Solare
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
Heaven’s Cave Cellars
Prosser, Washington

2007 Two Degrees Barbera**** plum jam and earthy

2007 The Dweller Syrah*** Spicy, black pepper

2007 “Amethyst” Malbec*** velvety mouth-feel

2007 Merlot**

2007 “Innkeeper” Cabernet Sauvignon***

2005 Angel’s Blend*** Bordeaux blend, fruity
Leif Olsen manages the vineyard and Kyle Johnson is the winemaker
Olsen Estates 2010 Winemakers Barbeque
Prosser, Washington
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.
Winemakers Barbeque
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

2007 Heritage

2008 (Futures) Heritage**** cooler conditions will make this drinkable early on.

June 13, 2010
Tasawik Vineyards
Tasawik Vineyards
Prosser, Washington

2005 Tasawik Merlot** nice nose

2005 Tasawik Cabernet Sauvignon** taste of berries

2007 Tasawik Sangiovese** 100% Sangiovese

2007 Tasawik Mistura** light

Maison Bleue Winery
Prosser, Washington

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
Prosser, Washington

Milbrandt Club*** layers of various kinds of ham and salamis with tapenade and melted provolone.

Airfield Estates
Prosser, Washington

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

Willow Crest
Prosser, Washington
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

2007 Merlot***

2006 Syrah*** jammy

2006 Grenache*** fruity and peppery

2007 Malbec*** fruit mid palate with a peppery finish

2008 Collina Bella*** needs age to tame
Thurston Wolfe
Thurston Wolfe
Prosser, Washington

2008 Dr. Wolfes Family Red*** spicy and fruity

2008 Burgess Vineyard Syrah***

2008 Zinfandel***

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

Prosser, Washington
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.

Master Sommelier Angelo Tavernaro
Assorted fruits and cheeses
Covet sparkling red**
Covet sparkling white brut**
Smoked salmon canape’ with olive tapenade
Smoked salmon canape’ with olive tapenade***
2008 Apex II Pinot Gris***

Gnocchi Puttanesca***
2008 Apex Chardonnay***
Pork Osso Bucco
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.

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