Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 17, 2009:
Is this like the lamest Seattle mayoral campaign since I can’t recall? McGinn, Mallahan, MickeyMouse…who cares? All I fear is that the city will go backwards, kinda like the King County executive seat. Oh politics… Oh the summer of death for celebrities, like Lonny Frey passed away on Sunday. What? You don’t know Lonny? Why, he was the oldest living Pacific Coast League baseball player. There’s your trivial pursuit stumper. Whaddya know, when the season is basically over for the Mariners, they start winning…again. Last year, they decided to win some games at the last-minute and ended up losing the rights to the top pick in this year’s draft. What do Gretzky, ‘Fresh Prince’ Smith, and ‘Lord of the (Super Bowl) Rings’ Montana have in common? Why, they’ll be all overbearing parents at the next Skyline football game.
Which brings us to our next wine of the week…Smasne Cellars! The tasting room in located in the Woodinville warehouse wine park and also features the wines of Alma Terra and Farm Boy. Owner Robert O. Smasne graduated in 1990 from Grandview and in 1999 from WSU before establishing his winery in 2005, after working at Alexandria Nicole Cellars, Amavi, Pepper Bridge and Covey Run. That’s a pretty diverse lineup of experience.
As if that’s not enough, Robert consults with and produces 14 different labels of Northwest wine. Dude, how many hours do you have in a day? Smasne’s current lineup features 15 varietals/blends, including a petit verdot, carmenere, and an ‘Old Vine’ cabernet from Upland Vineyard in the new Snipes Mountain AVA. Smasne’s wines have picked up legitmate accolades from Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, and Paul Gregutt’s Top 100. This is a winery that should be on your ‘watch list’.
Tonight’s mashup was an eclectic mix of: a beautiful September sunset lying down on my warm driveway, one last watering of the foliage, and a dinner of pork cutlet, salmon and rice. While “roh-zeh” is a delightful mid-summer treat, I’m testing its beauty against the turning leaves and early sunsets and finding the wine exhibits a powerful endorphin rush reminiscent of reckless youth. Ahh, the power of roh-zeh…
Bottle #305 of 420 (that’s 35 cases). Yakima Valley AVA. 52% sangiovese, 48% black muscat. “Inspired by the memory of my Grandmother Roselle who dedicated her life to a career teaching children.”
Nose: peachberry. Color: dilute strawberry. Mouthfeel: lithe summer breeze. Flavors: strawberry muscadelle, raspberry, fruit cocktail cherry.
Alcohol: 13.5%. Originally intended to be a “family” only wine. Proceeds donated to support the youth of the Pacific Northwest and the Lower Valley Hospice.Rated: 85. Value: $13. Paid: $18. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.