Sunday, September 12, 2010

A weekend of Wine tasting

Friday was another great wine tasting at Wicked Cellars. To day we tasted California Wine and Bubbles with Eric Payne from Beverage NW.

video
See Kevin Nasr of Wicked Cellars is opening a bottle of Champagne with a saber. Also on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gst8rgE2iqk

Rotari Arte Italiana Talento Brut** dry on the palate, nicely balance

Drappier Carte d'Or Brut Champagne*** a blend of 80 to 90% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier and 5 to 15% Chardonnay. Aromas of stone, hint of spice, a lovely champagne.

Wente 2008 Riva Ranch Chardonnay*** light floral, butter and vanilla

Gravity Hills 2006 Vertigo Chenin Blanc/Riesling** off dry, melons

Paul Dolan 2006 Pinot Noir** berries, toasted oak, finish with the taste of inter tube

Axis Zinfandel*** :-) jam flavors, smooth

Calistoga Cellars 2005 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon*** chocolate, cherry, plums, soft tannins



After tasting wines at Wicked Cellars we visited Lombardi’s located on the Everett waterfront. I think Lombardi’s has the best Happy Hour ever. We had a favorites; Roasted garlic and Olive Oil, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Seared Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, etc…

Saturday 9/11/2010 a day of wine tasting and remembrance. We started out the day wine tasting Tranche Cellars at Wicked Cellars, then on to Woodinville! We tasted Elevation Cellars, Davenport Cellars, Des Voigne Cellar and ended at Chateau Ste Michelle.



Tranche Cellars Tasting at Wicked Cellars




Tranche Cellars, located in the former Nicholas Cole Cellars facility in Walla Walla, is the second of three wineries from Michael Corliss, Lauri Darneille, and Kendall Mix. The first was Corliss Estates which had its inaugural release in late 2008. The third winery is RMV Cellars which had its first release this past spring.

Tranche Cellars 2007 Pinot Gris*** off dry, rich, citrus, minerals, fruit, not your typical Pinot Gris

Tranche Cellars 2007 Roussanne-Viognier**** minerals, sliced apples, peach, light oak

Tranche Cellars 2005 Barbera*** :-) chocolate, earth, tobacco, silky oak

Tranche Cellars 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon*** coffee grounds, aged fruit, nice mouth feel

Tranche Cellars 2005 "Slice of Pape" Red Wine, Columbia Valley*** dusky spices, leather, red fruit



Then it was off to the warehouse district wineries and tasting rooms in Woodinville Washington.



Elevation Cellars
http://www.elevationcellars.com/
425.483.2800

2006 Monolith*** bright, caramel, earth, spice

2007 Monolith*** black currant, fine tannins

2007 Imperium*** off dry, dried fruit, light floral

2009 Imperium** sweet, pear, floral



Davenport Cellars
http://davenportcellars.com/
425.457.4957

This was a find, Jeff and Sheila Jirka were wonderful hosts and hostess. If you get a chance stop by and say hi.

2009 Snowflake White*** pears, melons, crisp finish

2009 Hodge Podge*** :-) melons, berries, great mouth feel

2009 Semillon*** rich nose of pear, melon, median light on the palate, wonderful mouth feel

2007 Syrah*** pepper, nutmeg and minerals

2007 R.H.D*** raspberry, cherry, cocoa, nice tannin finish

2007 Continuity*** red plum, sage, medium to light palate

2009 Rose of Cabernet Franc** sweet, light fruit



Des Voigne Cellars
http://www.desvoignecellars.com/
425.415.8466

2009 Menina Flor*** Viognier/Roussanne, butterscotch, honeysuckle

2008 San Remo*** Sangiovese, plums, red cherries, silky tannins

2008 The Duke**** Zinfandel/Cab Franc/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot, ripe fruit, pepper, Medium-bodied

2007 Solea*** Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Malbec/Petit Verdot, cherry, plums, dark fruit

2008 The Groove*** :-) Merlot, dark cherries, plum, long finish
2007 Montreux**** Syrah, wild blueberries, spices, floral



Wine club pick-up at Chateau Ste Michelle

2007 Artist Series Meritage*** fine tannins

2007 Boreal Red Wine*** spicy, herbs

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