Tasting Notes & Awards

La Petite Fleur: Washington State White Table Wine

Intensely aromatic Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling dominate the bouquet and suggest a sweet wine to follow, but the palate is jolted awake by the all-up-in-your business balance of fruit and acidity that leave you feeling as invigorated as a glacially-fed river plunge.  This wine pairs beautifully with Thai cuisine, fresh shellfish, and sharp or goat cheeses. Gold Medal: Seattle Wine Awards 2012

2011 Chardonnay: Piper Vineyard, Appellation Columbia Valley

Crisp and linear in nature, this wine is a perfect depiction of time and place. These grapes are from a cooler growing region which allows a longer “hang time” (has nothing to do with basketball, this is winemaker speak for more developed flavors).  While experiencing extended barrel-aging, this chardonnay remains balanced and clean with flavors of green apple, quince and a touch of vanilla.

2013 Off-Dry Riesling: Appellation Rattlesnake Hills

2011 harvest was one of the best for crisp white wines, and this 100% Riesling is a perfect example. Exhibiting Honeycrisp apple aromas and hints of wildflowers, the taste suggests sweet yet retains a nice mineral note that leads to a citrus infused finish. Only 100 cases produced. Available Spring 2014.

2013 Rhone Rosé: Appellation Red Mountain

Beautifully balanced with bright berry notes and racy acidity, this ruby-colored gem is guaranteed to surprise one’s palate. Cherry Pie and sweet spices carry onto the palate and mingle beautifully with this wine’s crisp, dry sense of humor. Rose’ is one of the most food friendly wines out there (especially with cheese) so let your imagination run wild!

Dynamo Red: Washington State Red Table Wine

Incredibly approachable, this gold medal winner exhibits velvety layers of rich fruit, toasty oak, and vanilla notes all wrapped in a floral bouquet. While very plush, don’t be fooled.  An undercurrent of smooth tannins and black pepper add enough spice to keep the marriage happy.  Pair this wine with a backyard barbeque and good company!  64% Syrah, 12% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 12% Grenache; 100% delicious!

2010 Bolero: Appellation Rattlesnake Hills

This Spanish blend of Tempranillo and Grenache exhibits the seductive interplay of these two grapes. American and Hungarian Oak aging adds bold, smoky vanilla and caramelized notes that dance in tune with the dark raspberry core of this wine.  Subtle chocolate and earthen tones round out the taste profile beautifully. Silver Medal: 2012  Seattle Wine Awards & NW Food & Wine Festival.

2010 El Jefé:  Reserve Rhone Blend

Reserve Rhone Blend: 62% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 13% Grenache. This wine is polished and supple with a beam of raspberry and pomegranate fruit teasing the senses.  Intense yet harmonious, the El Jefé yields a dark succulence to the palate in the form of anise, plum and a hint of biodynamic loam.  All of this juicy concentration carries nicely into the tannin-laced finish.

2010 Barbera

After the first sip I was transported to the Trattoria al Tartufo in Alba, Italy. What, this isn’t Italian Barbera??? It is stunning Washington State Barbera! Complex? Yes! Opulent? Absolutely! It is a concentrated mouthful of crushed berries, rose petals, plums and cherries. A fruit bomb, you ask? No way! The seductive and ample fruit is held in place by velvety tannins and bright bright acid. The finish is a voluptuously spicy, fruity, vanilla kiss that beckons, cajoles, even commands one to continue filling the glass.

2009 Syrah, Vintner’s Pick: Appellation Columbia Valley

Dark, briary, and succulent, this wine offers up rich layers of ripe plum, anise, with a hint of smoky bacon fat.  All of this loveliness is enveloped in a robe of sweet vanilla oak.  The tannins are just shy of strapping; bold enough to get your attention but still allowing for the fruit to take center stage. Drink this wine from 2012-2016. Food Pairing Suggestions: Syrah-braised lamb shoulder, barbecued foods with a smoky char, paella, or sage-seared pork chops. Gold Medal: Seattle Wine Awards 2012, Best of Show: Northwest Food & Wine Festival 2012.

2010 Sangiovese: Elephant Mountain Vineyards, Appellation Rattlesnake Hills

Sangiovese, or the “blood of Jove,” is probably best known for its role in the Italian wines Chianti and Brunello di Maltacino.  This wine exhibits the traditional elevated acidity, medium body, and bright red fruit notes.  Judicious vertical barrel-aging has added a sweet tar and smoky vanilla finish.  While fabulous now, be assured this “super-tuscan” will only get better in the years to come. Pair this wine with traditional Italian cuisine involving cured meats, cheeses and red-based sauces.

2011 Malbec: Appellatioin Wahiuke Slope

This wine is rock-solid, with a dark core of blackberry jam and wild huckleberries.  Cedar-tinged tannins and black tea fill in the crevices of this fruit-driven wine, gliding to a long and complex finish. The underlying tannins and acidity gives this Malbec the ability to evolve, and immense pleasure awaits the delayed gratificationists among us!

2009 Merlot: Block 4, Bacchus Vineyard, Appellation Columbia Valley

This particular block consistently exhibits such a variety of deep and rich flavors.  Dusty aromas of bright cherry, briary fruit, tobacco and anise run like a river onto the palate and meld beautifully into the vanilla and toasted oak finish. This wine just flows. Notice how it seems to have so much dark fruit and richness, but retains enough acidity to make one’s mouth water in anticipation of another sip. Silver Medal: 2012 NW Food & Wine Festival, Portland OR. Sold Out

2009 Cabernet Franc (aka: The Rapture)

Aromas of plum, blueberry, black pepper, wood spice and delicate licorice fern welcome one to the glass.  All of these promised flavors merge onto the palate, where the blueberries expand into a dark bramble of briary goodness.  Mouthfuls of lacey tannins and balanced acidity envelope this fruit bowl, showing the endless layers of depth in this wine.  Although still very youthful and evolving, there is an elegance present that carries on through the lengthy finish. This understated powerhouse promises to be a wine for the ages. Best from 2014-2018

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon  Dionysus Vineyard, Appellation Columbia Valley

Block 11 is known for its depth, elegance and backbone. Ripe, flamboyant and beautifully proportioned layers of blackberries, dark chocolate, anise notes, dried herbs, cassis, and freshly charred American oak exude from the glass.  While an extremely heady and aromatic wine, it stays bright and clean on the palate with the focused acidity for which Washington State Cabs are renowned.  The tannins are extremely firm at this point, keeping all these flavors wrapped up in a tight little package. If you drink it now you may want to decant it to release its potential.  Best after 2015…

Seasonal Festive Table Wines!

Raspberry Bliss: Graysmarsh Farms, Dungeness Valley

Using locally grown, fresh raspberries is the secret to why this wine tastes like it's jam packed with fresh fruit. Picked at the height of ripeness, this vintage has more of a sweet-tart tongue twisting flavor that will have you craving another sip.  Barrel-aging for about 6 months prior to bottling adds another layer of complexity.  We aren’t the only ones who like this wine as it's won several Gold Medals from the Grand Harvest Wine Competition in Sonoma, California! Pair this wine with a plate of artisan cheeses, key lime pie, or chocolate mousse.

Cranberry Bliss: A Festive Northwest Table Wine

A Festive Northwest cranberry table wine available in limited supply during the holiday season.  With that in-your-face bright fruit, the buttery flavors of barrel-fermented Chardonnay and Viognier, and a little slap of Nouveau Barbera, this wine will keep you on your toes. Not just a seasonal special for the holidays, this wine is truly delightful as a summer refresher! Pack a light picnic of cheese, crackers, a little smoked turkey and some dried fruit and create a memory for the ages!

Blackberry Bliss: Graysmarsh Farms, Dungeness Valley

A Festive Northwest blackberry table wine, available in limited supply during the season.  It takes over 2 ½ pounds of freshly picked blackberries to make a bottle of this divine elixir.  A person can feel the summer sun beating down and smell the ripe berries on the vine.  Barrel-aged in neutral American oak, the blackberry bliss employs just the right amount of sweetness to keep one craving more!  Available Summer 2014.

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