Tag: Washington

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.

Spring Valley Vineyard Nina Lee Syrah 2016 Walla Walla Valley, Washington State

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black currants, light oak, licorice, spices, vegetables, light bell pepper, barnyard, light earth, tobacco, chocolates, dark coffee and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and fat legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, black currants, earth, light vanilla, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, peppercorn, vegetables, green herbs and beef jerky.

Nice finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very easy drinking Syrah from Washington State. Nice and engaging with nice balance.

Needs an hour in a decanter to open up properly, and remove some of the acidity.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. This 4 year old will age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with brie cheese. Very tasty.

Wine Enthusiasts 92 points.

A blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Viognier. Aged in 20% French Oak barrels for 19 months (20% new).

14.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Long Shadows Vintners Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot 2016, Washington State

Time for a good Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s a delicious one from Washington State.

Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Nose of black plums, cedar, chocolates, coffee, cooked cherries, leather, light vegetables, earth, licorice, black tea, tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

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

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

This is a very tasty Merlot from Columbia Valley. Nicely balanced with a great mouthfeel. Another delicious wine from Michel Rolland.

Still young, but already tasty. Drinking very nicely now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Good by itself or with food. Good right out of the bottle, but better after an hour of airtime, as the complexity comes in. Showing nice complexity already.

Wine Enthusiast 89 points.

Tangy and interesting. A Delicious wine.

A blend of 75% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in (85% new) French Oak barrels.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$65.

Gordon Estate Columbia Valley Merlot 2013, Washington State

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Pretty color of dark ruby with medium plus intensity and a wide brick rim.

Great nose of blueberries, cherries, licorice, light wood, earth, wet leaves, peppercorn, bitter herbs, spices, vegetables, black tea and violets.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Soft and smooth.

Dry on the palate with tart cranberries, cherries, raspberries, light wood, earth, wet leaves, bitter vegetables, Mediterranean spices, herbs and light chocolates.

Short finish with no tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is an interesting Merlot from Washington State.

This 7 year old is past its peak, but it’s still drinkable. Really nice nose, though, that I kept smelling on. Nose is better than the palate.

Feels like an Italian wine, to put it in prospective. Not what I expected from a Washington Merlot.

A good pizza wine, actually. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses, which was phenomenal.

Aged in French and American oak barrels.

13.7% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$20.

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.