Saturday, July 31, 2010

Weekend Wine Tasting at Wicked Cellars – July 30th and 31st

July 30,2010

Pomum Cellars Wine Tasting with winemaker/owner Javier Alfonso.
Photo by: Tim Knopf, Wicked Cellars

“Pomum Cellars is the creation of Javier and Shyla Alfonso. Javier is one of those winemakers destined to make wine. With family located in the Ribera Del Duero Spain’s Tempranillo region and family in Zillah, Washington, Javier could run but couldn’t hide very long from finding his place in the heart of Washington’s wine industry.

Pomum’s tasting room is located in Woodinville. They source their grapes from the Yakima Valley and surrounding region including DeBrul Vineyards, Elderding Vineyards, Snipes Canyon Ranch, Upland Vineyards, Dineen Vineyards and their own estate vineyard called AD Dunn.” – NW Wine and Real Estate

Pomum Cellars 2008 Riesling*** apricot, nice minerality, with a nice finish, nether dry nor sweet.

Pomum Cellars 2007 Tinto*** cider, medium body and mild tannins. Because the vines are young 16% Cabernet Sauvignon was added for structure and 12% Merlot for acid balance.

Pomum Cellars 2007 Red Wine*** tart red berries, finish was smooth.

Pomum Cellars 2006 Syrah*** slate, well structured, with well rounded tannins.

Pomum Cellars 2006 Shya Red***perfume, full body, well structured, fruty.

July 31, 2010

Summer Wines Tasting

Photo by: Tim Knopf, Wicked Cellars

Cakebread Cellars 2008 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Formerly*** ripe melon, bright mineral tones

RMV Cellars 2009 Rosi of Cabernet Franc*** :-) good moth feel, berries, balance. Michael Corliss and Lauri Darneille, whose portfolio includes Corliss Estates and Tranche Cellars acquired Sandhill Winery in the Red Mountain AVA in January of 2008. Founded in 1998, Sandhill focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Pinot Gris. Red Mountain Vineyards (RMV), which surrounds the winery and provided Sandhill's estate fruit, was planted 20 years ago. Corliss and Darneille have rebranded Sandhill Winery as RMV Cellars.

Cottonwood Winery 2006 "Marina Piper" Pinot Noir*** cherries and some white peper appear on the nose.

NV Haystack Needle "The Eye" Super-Tuscan Blend, Columbia Valley** red licorice, cherry, light.

Brand 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley** fruit, spice, some tannins.

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