Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September 2010, Woodinville Wine Country Wine Review

We thought this was a good time to compile a list of Washington State wines we have tasted and reviewed from all the Woodinville, Washington wineries, tasting rooms we have visited and wines we have tasted in the last six months. Enjoy!

Airfield Estate Winery

2008 Mustang** 53% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 8% Cinsault, 2% Counoise, 2% Mourvèdre

2008 Bombshell*** dark fruit

2008 Spitfire*** Deep garnet color, medium-bodied

2008 Hellcat** better paired with food, 88% Tempranillo, 6% Grenache, 6% Syrah

2008 Zinfandel*** jammy fruit flavors, maybe allspice

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

Alexandria Nicole

2008 Sauvignon Blanc**

2008 Shephards Mark***

2008 Viognier***

2007 Quarry Butte***

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon****

2009 Marsanne*** peach, with great mouth feel

2008 Grenache*** warm overtones and balance

2008 Primitivo*** black cherry. Washington’s Zins are starting to come on.

2007 Rock Star Red*** jam and spice

2008 Merlot*** Needs more time to develop.

Anton Ville Winery

2005 Merlot*** Try this with chocolate.

Brian Carter Cellars

2006 Tuttorosso** A super-Tuscan style blend.

Canon De Sol Winery Wine Experience

2005 Canon De Sol Merlot****

2005 Canon De Sol Syrah***

2005 Canon De Sol Meritage** fruity

2006 Canon De Sol Red Table***

Chateau Ste Michelle

2007 Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon***

2007 Canoe Ridge Estate Merlot***

2007 Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon***

Columbia Winery

2004 Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon***

Covington Cellars

2007 Sangiovese**

2006 Rough House Red***

Cuillin Hills Winery

2007 The Dungeon, Syrah**** wonderfully peppery

2008 Riff-Raff, Red Blend***

Darby Winery

2009 Viognier Le Deuce*** Melon, pineapple, great moth feel, a blend of 52% Viognier and 48% Roussanne.

2008 Purple Haze*** wild berries, smooth texture, 52% cab, 33% Malbec, 10% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc.

2007 Chaos*** Smoky, dark cherries, 40% Cab, 40% Merlot, 12% Cab Franc, 8% Petite Verdot

2007 Dark Side Syrah*** pepper, light smooth Tannins

2008 Grenache***

DeLille Cellars and Doyenne

2007 Doyenne Syrah**** the mouth feel is quite large and though still elegant.

Edmonds Winery

2009 Sauvignon Blanc***

2008 Gerwurztraminer*** waiting for summer.

2007 Syrah***

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon** 93%, Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec

2007 Slide Ridge** 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 53% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot

2007 Bentley**

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


2009 Evergreen Riesling*** A nice dry style.

2009 Feral Sauvignon Blanc**

2009 Babbitt Rose’*** great summertime drink

2007 Ceidleigh Syrah**** dried cherries, currant, with smooth tannins

2007 Jolie Bouche Syrah***

2007 Final-Final*** Cab/Syrah always nice with food.

2007 Big Papa Cab**** cherries, raspberries, big wine

Gifford Hirlinger Winery

2006 Estate Merlot***

2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon***

Goose Ridges Estates

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

Irlandes Wines, Wine Experience

2007 Irlandes Reserve Merlot**** jammy, star of the days tasting

2007 Irlandes Reserve Syrah**** jammy

2007 Irlandes Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon*** well balance

2007 Irlandes Reserve Karma***

JM Cellars

2007 Tre Fanciulli*** 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 14% Syrah

2007 Bramble Bump Red*** 33% Cabernet Sauvignon; 31% Merlot; 15% Syrah; 13% Mourvedre, 8% Petit Verdot

Matthews Estate Winery

2005 Columbia Valley Red Wine**

2006 Columbia Valley Claret**

Michael Florentino Cellars
New to Woodinville
2007 Sangiovese Gecko Cellars**

2007 Merlot***

2007 Primitivo***

Northwest Totem Cellars

2007 Qo-né** a blend of Cab Franc (64.4%), Cabernet Sauvignon (26.2%), Syrah (8.4%) and Petit Verdot (1%)

O Wines

2007 Red Blend** Their first Red Wine which is a blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese.

Page Cellars

2008 Sauvignon Blanc***

2009 Nouveau Merlot*** A nice fresh tasting wine. I wonder about the price.

2005 Libra***

2005 Syrah*** Klipsun Vineyard

2005 Preface***

2007 Lick My Lips Syrah***

Patterson Cellars

Patterson Cellars 2009 Chardonnay** Aroma of pineapple on the nose, depth and balance with a hint of toasty oak and a crisp fruit finish, yum.

2007 Woodslake Chardonnay*** no oak, refreshing, with a soft mouth feel.

Patterson Cellars 2009 Rosi*** off dry, with cherry and strawberry.

Patterson Cellars 2006 Malbec*** 32 months of aging in French oak tells it all.

NV WoodsLake NV Due Anni** made for summer, drink cooled. Made with 2007 and 2008 juice. Not sure about the price.

Patterson Cellars 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon*** this is a well balanced Washington Cab.

Pomum Cellars

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.

Red Sky Winery

2006 Semillon***

2005 Syrah***

2006 Sunrise Blend***

2002 Bordeaux Blend***

2006 Serendipity****

Sparkman 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

Stevens Winery

2009 Stevens divio Viognier**** great acid, orange blossoms

2007 Stevens Merlot*** floral nose, allspice

2007 Stevens 424 Red Blend*** nice mid palette, light tannins

2007 Stevens Black Tongue Syrah*** mineral and earthy

Trouvaille Winery
New to Woodinville

2007 Merlot, Red Mountain*** cherries, fruit forward

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley** cinnamon, smooth tannins

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain*** dark red fruit, currant, blackberries

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley** blackberry, fine tannins

William Church Winery

2007 Sur La Mer**** This classic Bordeaux blend consists of 40% Cabernet, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot. Very well balanced, this was the star of the tasting.

2007 Syrah***

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon***

2007 Malbec***


2003 Chardonnay ****

2004 Syrah****

2004 Cabernet Sauvignon****

2003 Cabernet Sauvignon**** Pair this one with chocolate.

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