Tag: Washington

Château Ste Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Washington State

Here is my #FridayCabernetfix for this week.

This Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon is always enjoyable. Big and fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Showing black fruits with wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, espresso, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now. Peaking now, and will be good in the next couple of years.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, and better after an hour of airtime.

A great value wine, if you are patient enough. Very tasty and delicious.

I had it all by itself by the beach.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$18.

Sheridan Vineyard L’ Orage Red Wine 2003 Yakima Valley, Washington State

Dark ruby in color with a nice brick rim.

On the nose light blueberries, black currants, cooked cherries, dried fruits, raisins, cedar, light vanilla, earth, vegetables, dark coffee, dark chocolates, leather, tobacco leaf, smoke, cola, pencil lead, black pepper, wet leaves and black tea. Wonderful and complex.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, raspberries, ripened blueberries, raisins, dried figs, tobacco, earth, spices, wood, vanilla, cloves, coffee, vinaigrette, light vegetables, green olives and herbs.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and cranberries.

This is a wonderful 17 year old Red Blend from Yakima Valley. Showing so much complexity, with nice balance and mouthfeel. Elegant, delicious, mature, and tangy on the finish.

Thank you Paul for sharing.

Needs time to open up properly and show the complexity, and great all by itself.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points.

I had the 2015 vintage a year ago and it was a delicious treat as well, although not as complex.

This is a wine that needs to be had with good friends and talked about. No need to mess it up with food.

A blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

95 points.

$60 (current vintage).

Columbia Winery Cellarmaster’s Riesling 2008 Columbia Valley, Washington State

#AgedWineTuesday

A very interesting color of yellow, with an orange tint.

Strong nose of over ripen apples, Indian spices, melons, minerals, honeysuckle, white pepper and cooked lemons.

Medium plus in body and buttery, with medium plus acidity.

Medium sweet on the palate with ripened citrus fruits, lemons, honey, yellow apples, apricots, tropical fruits and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with spices and limes.

This is a nice surprise. A delicious 12 year old Riesling from Washington State. Rich and expressive.

Nicely balanced with enough acidity to balance the sugars. Delicious by itself and the tangy finish makes it interesting.

Although it is still very enjoyable, it is on the decline now, and was probably better a few years ago.

Thank you David and Elvira for sharing this with me. Tasty and delicious.

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

10% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

Lapis Luna Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2019, California

Pale lemon in color.

Fruity nose of lemons, citrus, melons, apples and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium acidity, crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs and spices.

Spicy finish with almonds.

This is a nice Sauvignon Blanc from California. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced, and neither sweet nor bitter.

A very nice pool wine that everyone would enjoy. Good for parties.

I had it by the pool with a cheese plate.

100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes were aged in stainless steel.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$16.

Tranche Estate Pink Pape Rosé 2019, Washington State

Happy National Rosé Day! Here’s my contribution.

Very light salmon in color.

Great nose of grapefruits, citrus, earth, white wildflowers, roses, vegetables, spices and white pepper.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, light raspberries, green apples, earth, dried herbs, spices and black pepper.

Nice tangy finish with almonds and grapefruits.

This is a nice and crisp Rosé from Yakima Valley. Spicy and interesting.

What a great nose on these Rosé.
Feels much like an old world wine. Earthy and a good food wine and better when properly chilled. Gets earthier as it opens up.

I paired it with Cheeses and crackers and enjoyed it by the pool.

A blend of 42% Grenache, 23% Counoise and 35% Cinsault.

88 points.

12.8% alcohol by volume.

$20.

Tranche Estate Blue Mountain Vineyard Pape Blanc 2017, Walla Walla Valley Washington State

Pale lemon in color.

Very aromatic nose of pears, peaches, white flowers, spices, apricots, yellow apples, light earth, white pepper and herbs.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

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

Nice spicy finish with white pepper.

This is a nice and interesting Rhône blend from Walla Walla Valley in Washington State.

Spicy with nice complexity and a tangy finish. The nose is fruit forward, yet the palate is much earthier, which is always interesting.

This Single Vineyard is tangy and refreshing. I loved smelling on it for a while. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself as a sipping wine and good with food. Would pair nicely with oysters. I had it by the pool and paired it with Brie cheese.

A blend of 32% Viognier, 19% Grenache Blanc, 15% Roussanne, 15% Marsanne, 15% Picpoul Blanc and 4% Clairette Blanche.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$25.

Tranche Estate Pape Estate 2017 Columbia Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, bing cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, licorice, spices, dark chocolates, dried figs, tobacco leaf, earth, leather, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cherries, currants, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Long spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Syrah based Rhone blend from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, but better as it opens up and shows the tannins and structure. Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Fruit forward with nice complexity. A good quality wine. Spicy, tasty and tangy.

I paired it with a beautiful view, but was even better with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 51% Syrah, 30% Mourvedre and 19% Grenache. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$35.

Château Ste Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington State

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

Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.

Light nose with blueberries, black plums, black cherries, light vanilla, licorice, oak, spices, coke, light vegetables and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, black cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates tobacco, mocha, coke, vegetables, pencil lead and peppercorn.

Long long finish with round tannins and cherries.

This is a great Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State. Showing nice complexity with a great mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and tasty.

Good right out of the bottle, but much better after 3 hours of airtime, when the tannins, and more complexity come out.

Will drink nicely in the next 5 to 10 years. Wine Advocate 92 points.

A good wine to drink all by itself and talk about with friends. This 6 years old is spicy, rich and smooth. Delicious.

A blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 2% Syrah. Aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (35% new).

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$55.

Château Ste Michelle Indian Hills Merlot 2016, Washington State

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

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, cedar, leather, earth, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, spices, coke and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate and fruity with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, cedar, leather, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, coke, earth and peppercorn.

Nice length with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Merlot from Washington State. Rich and well balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel, spicy and tasty.

This 4 year old is drinking very nicely now. Good by itself or with food.

Good right out of the bottle and better after an hour of airtime.

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

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$14.

Sinclair Estate Vineyards Columbia Valley Pentatonic Red Wine 2013, Washington State

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

Deep ruby in color with a wide reddish /brick rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, black currants, wood, vanilla, cola, earth, licorice, spices, coffee, pencil lead, peppercorn, chocolates, tobacco and metals.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, wood, earth, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, bitter herbs, peppercorn, pencil lead and dark chocolates.

Medium plus in finish with soft tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice Merlot based Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Easy drinking and tangy.

This 7 year old is Nicely balanced with mild complexity and is peaking now. Elegant, gracious and soft.

Good by itself or with food and good right out of the bottle.

Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.

I paired it with cheeses and fresh vegetables.

A blend of 53% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot. A very small production of only 19 barrels.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$40.