Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on April 25, 2008:
Hyped-up is the word on this wine. Medals, medals everywhere up and down the coast. That was enough for me to seek this wine out at Central Market. Sure, I coulda bought it cheaper just about anywhere else, but mind you, I scooped up some serious Andrew Will that day at DeVine Wines so I saved some gas money by walking between wine shops over in Mill Creek. I’ll skimp elsewhere (and get a decent workout) but don’t mess with my wine budget, busss-ter.
Last night’s visiting chef’s (my mom) 30-minute meal was grilled teriyaki steaks and fresh veggies. I’ve had real sangiovese from Whidbey Island Winery and it was tasty with a pizza. This rose (pronounced rohh-zeyyee, not that futile-to-grow-in-the-Northwest flower) dazzled well with the salad but became a lightweight next to the savory, salty, and beefy flavors of the main dish. (It’s a rohh-zeyyee, stupid). I do admit, it was clearly better than the real sangiovese and would make the perfect aperitif wine for a warmer spring evening with lighter fare, like mozzarella slices and water crackers.
Alcohol: 12.4%. 3454 cases. Maurice Balcom Vineyard. Cold, stainless steel fermentation. Prise de mousse and ICV-D47 yeasts used.
Color: light red. Nose: light. Mouthfeel: feathery. Tail trail: 2 seconds. Flavors of weak strawberry and diluted cherry.
Rated: 90. Value: $11. Paid: $12. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.