Tag: Washington

L’Ecole No. 41 Winery Yakima Valley Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2020, Washington State



Pale lemon in color with a golden hue.

Nice gentle nose of flowers, citrus, tangerines, honey, white peaches, green apples, almonds, light spices and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with ripened green apples, spices, bitter herbs, black pepper and earth.

Tangy finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice Chenin Blanc from Washington State. Easy drinking with a nice buttery mouthfeel. A New World wine with a touch of France.

Good by itself or with food.
Good right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

A good everyday wine and good for parties or the pool.

I paired it with a grilled octopus and Australian prawn on a bed of squid ink Pappardelle.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$17.

L’Ecole No 41 Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 Walla Walla Valley, Washington State



Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Soft nose of blueberries, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, eucalyptus, tobacco, dark coffee, earth, herbs, spices, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, earth, light vegetables and tobacco leaf.

Tangy finish with green tannins and tangy raspberries.

This young Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley is starting to drink nicely now. Showing a nice mouthfeel and nice complexity, with some green notes, that show up as it opens up.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, but it might needs even longer.

Still young, but showing good potential. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the double cream Brie cheese with wild mushrooms.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (35% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$39.

L’Ecole No 41 Winery Frenchtown 2019, Columbia Valley, Washington State



Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, oak, spices, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, blueberries, light earth, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young red blend from Columbia Valley. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. Easy drinking, tangy and interesting.

Good now, and will be better in a couple of years. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 45% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. Aged for 9 months in neutral oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.

J. Bookwalter Winery Foreshadow Columbia Valley Merlot 2012, Washington State

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nicely aged one from Washington State.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth and herbs.

Full bodied spicy and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, dark coffee, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins.

This 9 year old Merlot from Columbia Valley is very tasty now. Showing nice complexity with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.

Spicy and elegant. Tangy and interesting. Tastes like an aged California Cabernet.

Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.

Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 92% Merlot, 5% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$40.

Fidelitas Wines Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Washington State

Inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light vegetables, pencil lead, coffee, earth, herbs and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, tobacco, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, leather, earth, dark coffee, pencil lead, bitter herbs, green vegetables, beef jerky and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Fruit forward with a Bordeaux feel. Spicy and interesting. I really enjoyed the nose here.

Good right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up. Much better after 2 hours of airtime. Would be interesting to try it in 3 to 5 years.

A good food wine that will pair nicely with lamb dishes. Paired well with the Brie cheese.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (93% new).

15% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Canoe Ridge Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2011, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington State

This 10 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State is a nice surprise. Doesn’t show its age at all, at this point.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate and good with food.

After a couple of hours of airtime it shows, red and black fruits with earth, wood, spices, peppercorn, bell pepper, vegetables, herbs, graphite and black coffee.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy pomegranates.

Wine Enthusiasts 87 Points.

A little off balance, but has nice structure with a nice mouthfeel.

I’ve had it before, but at a younger age. Now it feels like a California Merlot, actually. Very interesting to try these kind of wines.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Aged in French oak barrels (30% new).

13.9% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$22.

Fidelitas Wines Quintessence Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Red Mountain, Washington State

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a beautiful one from Washington State.

A pretty color of dark ruby with a short reddish rim.

On the nose blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, chocolates, mocha, bell pepper, vegetables, black pepper and spices.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and pretty legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, light vanilla, tobacco leaf, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain in Washington State.

Already showing nice complexity, although it is still young and needs 3 years to mature properly. Will be good in the next 10 years.

Needs time to open up properly. I gave it 90 minutes, which is when the tannins showed up and brought in nice structure, and a nice mouthfeel.

Rich and delicious. Spicy and good by itself or with food.

This Single Vineyard is fruit forward and extremely dry, which is a unique combination. As it opens up it becomes earthier.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Really nice with the fatty Italian salami, and will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in 50% new French Oak barrels.

15.1% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$70.

L’Ecole No 41 Winery Sémillon 2019, Washington State

Lemon in color with a green tint.

On the nose green apples, earth, grapefruits, herbs, spices and light green vegetables.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with grapefruits, limes, lemons, green apples, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables and white pepper.

Short finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice Sémillon blend from Washington State.

Crisp and refreshing. Earthy with a white Bordeaux feel.

A good food wine that I paired with cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 88% Sémillon and 12% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented and aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 5 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$15.

L’Ecole No. 41 Winery Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Washington State

It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Washington State.

Dark inky in color with a short reddish rim.

Strong nose of blackberries, black plums, black cherries, spices, licorice, vanilla, light vegetables, oak, herbs, earth, eucalyptus, dark chocolates, espresso, light alcohol and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, stewed cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, herbs, spices, dark chocolates, vegetables, coffee, peppercorn, earth, black tea and bitter herbs.

Medium length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Rich and tangy. Fruit forward with an old-world feel. Interesting and tasty.

Right out of the bottle it is showing grippy tannins. Needs 3 hours in a decanter to open up properly and soften the tannins a bit.

Still young and would age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Great with the brie cheese. A great food wine.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Walla Walla Valley were aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 22 months.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$39.

Otis Kenyon Wines Merlot 2014 Walla Walla Valley, Washington

It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a nice one from Washington State.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, dark chocolates, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black plums, cooked cherries, light oak, spices, vanilla, licorice, light vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable Merlot from Walla Walla Valley. This 6 year old is spicy and tangy. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Better after a couple of hours of airtime, but good right out of the bottle too.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses, and light appetizers.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$32.