Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on October 31, 2009:
R U a bad driver? Well, now you can blame your genes. A US study of 29 people showed that those with a “variant” gene fared worse on a driving test. Use that in court next time you get cited! Put your glass down for this one… Iowa police stopped a car containing two men with faces blackened with permanent marker who were alleged to have broken into an apartment. Didn’t they read the hoodlum guidebook about staying incognito?? Police in Florida arrested a 38-year old for shoplifting a ferret…in his pants. A 17-year old worker confronted the alleged crook in the parking lot and was bitten by the animal (not the crook) after the man allegedly shoved the animal in the teen’s face, which makes the ferret a “special weapon” under Florida law. Is that a ferret in your pants or are you just happy to see me?
While my buddies are partying at Patterson Cellars (hollah to Shona) under the Halloween moon, I get stuck with the assignment of wine review back in the main office.
Patterson Cellars is one in the lineup of the Washington Wine Company (the other being Woodslake). The winery/tasting room is located in the venerable (I’ve been dying to use that word in my blog) Woodinville North amusement park or otherwise known as the “warehouse district”, between Edmonds Winery and Anton Ville Winery. The tasting room staff is cordial, knowledgeable and ready to pour their wines for everyone who walks in the door. I enjoyed my time there amongst the throng of hosers, oops! excuse me, Canadians, specifically Vancouverites, that passed through. I love Canadians, even though I got rejected by a hottie once. But, I digress.
Tonight’s munchies went straight to the main course…QFC kalbi, macaroni salad, chicken cutlet and a Korean noodle dish called chap-chae. This wine is called BDX for a simple reason, as I figured…it’s a Bourdeaux, stoopid!! It goes with meat…and really, nothing else. Classic flavors relating to a cabernet-dominant blend, but not as bold as my earlier-reviewed Woodinville Red. I debated more on whether this deserved an “89” rating, but this is fundamentally true to the Left Bank Washington State-style and also quite delicious between the rest of my dinner.
Color: “smoke on the water”. Nose: black cherry, purple flowers, blackberries. Mouthfeel: “she’s a brick…howwwwse”. Tail trail: 6 seconds. Flavors: blackberry jam, medium-dry tannins, Texas leather strap, tangy long finish.
Columbia Valley AVA. Vineyards: Wahluke Slope, Snipes Canyon, Kiona, Milbrandt, Boushey. Aged 22 months in 50% new French oak. 55% cab sau, 23% merlot, 12% cab franc, 7% malbec, 3% petit verdot. Unfiltered. Synthetic cork. Alcohol: 14.8%. Delicious now. Rated: 90. Value: $25. Paid: $30. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.