Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region’s unique characteristics. Washington ranks second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California. While there are some viticultural activities in the cooler, wetter western half of the state, the majority (99.9%) of wine grape production takes place in the desert-like eastern half.
2012 Rook – Columbia Valley, WA Red Wine – Corvidae Wine Company
‘The Rook’ 2012 was made to showcase the world-class Merlot grown in the cooler, higher elevation sites located in the Columbia Valley and Yakima Valley. The wine was aged in mostly neutral French oak to enhance the rich flavors from an exceedingly stellar vintage.
Tasting Notes: Showing red and black fruits, sarsaparilla, orange peel, cinnamon and tobacco, this crisply textured red is balanced by fine grained tannins and a rich, pillow soft mid-palate.
Charles and Charles 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah
Cabernet Sauvignon 72%, Syrah 38%. Beautiful dark color. The aromas have the same signature blackberry, violet, currant and mocha that it’s had in previous vintages but also takes on more of a cigar box component. Great paired with curried lamb pot pie.
Leonetti Cellars 2009 Merlot
Merlot 78%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%, Malbec 5%, Cabernet Franc 3%. Beautiful dark color. The warm 2009 vintage produced a very fine and generous Merlot. It is already drinking gorgeously. The wine has a stunning bouquet of berries, fresh blooming flowers, cedar shavings, and mocha. On the palate, it is incredibly long, lush, and soft, with pure fruit and melted caramel. This is a truly hedonistic Merlot and a fine example of why I love making this varietal.
Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
“The 2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon contains 14% Merlot in its blend and was subject to the identical elevage as the 2007. Pain grille, mineral, spice box, incense, violets and assorted black fruits lead to a wine with a similar issue as its older sibling, a moderate austerity on the palate. It, too, has some aging potential so the wine could fill out with additional bottle age, but that is a bit of a gamble.” Robert Parker 89+
2008 Abbot’s Table
Abbot’s Table 2008 is the perfect example of a “smooth” wine. Velvety, lush, round flavors glide over your taste buds. The Zinfandel and Sangiovese provide the backbone and show in the lingering finish of sweet plums, raspberries and cherries.
Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2009
Pretty notes of vanilla, blackberry, cherry and rose petals. On the palate, caramel and jammy black fruit. Well-balanced, with soft tannins and a bright acidity, leading into a lengthy, smooth finish.
Sharecropper’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Ripe notes of black plum and pure cacao flavors abound and are bolstered by elegant scents of anise, tobacco and cranberry. The finish is lengthy and provides a precise acid structure.