Sandhill Winery 2005 Ridgefield ‘Cinnamon Teal’ cabernet sauvignon

Another WAwineman classic, 1st posted on August 31, 2009:

What’s up with Ballard lately? A guy shows up to rob a gas station wearing sunglasses. At 1am. Must be a Corey Hart fan. Did you get stuck in that mess on I-5 at Northgate thanks to the numbnut who was shooting off “tracer rounds” from his AK-47? I expect the goats to clear out that jungle very soon. Goats are my hero! Disney bought Marvel Comics for $4 billion, so can we expect Marvel-land to replace California Adventure Park very shortly?
I admit I wouldnt’ve bought this wine at all if it wasn’t for the (1) stand-alone display near the wine section; (2) the picture of a cinnamon teal duck on the label–I love real photos of unusual animals; and (3) it’s a $10 red wine from Columbia Valley from a respectable, and recently purchased Red Mountain winery. Yes, it’s true the owners of Corliss Estates purchased the whole she-bang (winery and Red Mountain Vineyard) in 2008 and will re-name it RMV Cellars with a first release in 2010. Folks, that is not bad news. The bad news is that all Sandhill wines are at close-out prices. Bad for profits, great for consumers! 2005 was a terrific year for reds and so, along with a great price, each bottle adds a donation to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge just up west from Vancouver, WA. This is another great reason to drink WA wines! So, it’s no stretch to think of this as a “commemorative” bottling like the dinner train wine from Columbia Winery. I suppose this is the last vintage so all the more reason for collectors to grab a bottle.

Tonight’s lesser half was simple chili and hot dogs. Yo’, who don’t love a bowl of chili and sliced up hot dogs?? Comfort food at its best. A neat pairing overall. Color: translucent red. Aroma: raspberries, strawberries, blackberries. Mouthfeel: fluffy.

Synthetic cork. Alcohol: 13.0%. C’est la vie ala Colvin Vineyards. 82% cab sau, 18% cab franc. Tail trail: 3+ seconds. Rated: 88. Value: $14. Paid: $10. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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