Zero One Vintners 2008 Golden Delicious riesling

Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on February 15, 2010:

Think you have a man cave? Does yours have four rooms with 6-foot ceilings, cable tv with surround-sound, and an eco-friendly beer cooler? Oh, and btw, are the walls made of ice like that built by a 25 year-old unemployed Ohio man? Let’s see…yes, yes, and…no! From the land that brought the ‘vacuum pump’ (sigh), a British department store has a hot seller in an 18-pound set of underwear meant to be a type of ‘wonderbra’ for men. Yes, there’s a ‘lift and hold’ feature. Forget stashing a banana down there, or as my friend once did with his fiancée, a sausage. Minnesotans and their humor…an Albert Lea man gave his wife a most unique Valentine’s Day gift: a half-mile wide heart made out of manure. A typical farmer’s wife response: “Why not do something fun with what you got?” Next year, he plans on giving her a half-mile wide bright yellow heart…

Where do I begin with the long, tangled history of this very recent startup winery? Zero One Vintners is the offspring of Lake Washington residents, Thomas and Kristin Vogele. But, more on them later. They make only two wines, this and a ‘Wild Sky’ cabernet. Both are in their second vintages. The wines are made at Wahluke Winery in Mattawa. Wahluke’s winemaker is Butch Milbrandt, with Gordy Hill consulting. Yes, it seems every other child in that neck of the woods is a Milbrandt, eh? Gordy is the winemaker at Milbrandt Vineyards (and former winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle) and likely had major input in the birth of these wines. My real query is…why Mattawa? Mattawa recently became a non-charter code city in Grant County, with a population around 3,000 that doubles during the fruit picking season. The city is best known as having the first straw bale library in the country. The median household income is around $32,000 and is mostly Latino in ethnic origin. They must have some bomb-ass taco trucks there.
Thomas is a UW graduate who went the mass-wine route in working at Gallo, Sutter Home, Robert Mondavi, and Folio Fine Partners (Michael Mondavi) before returning home with a plan to start a family business at the encouragement of his wife and his Swiss-born parents. The Vogeles knew that close partnerships with single-vineyard growers was the key to quality. The “Zero” in the name refers to “all starts where there is ‘nothing’. Mother Nature and earth start from scratch creating a treasure seemingly from ‘nothing’.” The “One” stands for “the start of everything and symbolically embraces the archetype of ‘every good start’.” “This wine symbolizes an impeccable start to all that is golden and delicious.” The wines can be found at restaurants and specialty stores (and Costco). Both of their wines have received 90+ scores from Wine Enthusiast.

Tonight’s food pairing was the pork-lettuce wraps recipe from TheFauxGourmet along with a layered salad of your basic veggies plus watercress, tofu, and taegu and sprinkled with a soy-based dressing. One of the better food pairings.

Color: glistening pale straw. Nose: honeysuckle blossoms, peach. Mouthfeel: lithe, some tingling sweetness. Tail trail:  3 seconds. Flavors: peach candy, green melon, apple, lime shot on the tail.

Columbia Valley AVA. Alcohol: 13.5%. 248 cases. My guess is 1-3% residual sugar. Music pairing: “My Sharona” by The Knack, in remembrance of Doug Fieger’s (lead singer) passing on Valentine’s Day. The song, released in December, 1979, ushered in that ‘80’s sound. Rated: 89. Value: $13. Paid: $13. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

Purchased at Costco. Now, there are two WA wineries that start with “Z”!

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