Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on June 27, 2008:
Thank you Billy Gates as your retirement day will be remembered for: GM stock being down to levels not seen since the Korean Conflict, the stock market is down to 4-year lows, the Navy announcing the David R. (not L.) Ray ship will be sunk, another body found on the Nisqually 15 days after disappearing (imagine what it looked like…and you still wanna be a CSI???) and Safeway, of all supermarkets, goes “elite lifestyle” with its Bellevue store, which includes a bono wine cellar and a sushi bar. Hey, at least the Mariners won. And a warm thank you to Carol who returned from a day trip to the other Vancouver with my right foot (sock still attached).
Edmonds Winery is owned and run by that venerable, true Coug Doug Peterson. When your two children are born at Pullman Memorial Hospital from your wife that you met on the WSU campus…let’s face it, that’s a true Coug. And he likely named his winery after his presumed current residence town. The man is a walking definition of obesessive loyalty. Thankfully, he carried that over to his wines. His first wine to market was a 2003 sau blanc, so this is the fifth edition of his founding wine. And, I must say, he got it right with this 2007 vintage.
Tonight’s retread of a meal was reheated curry and rice with a side of stir-fried with fishcake and Spam. And, for dessert, a Pike Place Market fruit tray of: WA state strawberries, northern CA blueberries, red and golden raspberries, blackberries and Rainier cherries. I must say that this wine melded in well with every dish. The aromatics and acidity harmonized with the mild, but different, flavors presented. This is a very good sau blanc on par with the best WA has to offer at $15.
Alcohol: 13.5%. 91 cases. Only available at the winery. Pure sau blanc. Columbia Valley AVA. Stainless steel fermenting. Bottled in April, 2008.
Nose: classic sau blanc aromas of citrus and grapefruit. Color: attenuated champagne. Mouthfeel: rustic and tart. Tail trail: 4 seconds. Flavors: grapefruit, canned peach, and limon (lime-lemon).
Rated: 87. Value: $17. Paid: $15. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.