Snoqualmie Vineyards 2006 Whistle Stop red wine

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on September 16, 2008:

An MI man blamed his cocaine habit for stealing 247 cans of beer from a 7-11 store. That’s 247 EMPTY cans (value= $24.70). Down the road, an IL man got clipped by a train when he lit up while drunk.  Take a turn left and a ND man wanted to take a picture next to a moving train and ended up with “train rash”. Men, lucky you live in WA. Mariners now tied for first pick in next year’s draft. Now, I’ll drink to that!

Tonight’s pick is a salute to a drink that is melamine-free and bisphenol-A-free. Snoqualmie Vineyards has a long, storied history dating back to 1983 in Grandview. Mike Januik was the winemaker back in the late-80s. Stimson Lane became the new owner in 1991 and Joy Andersen replaced Mike. Wine Press NW named it WA Winery of the Year in 2006. One of the few WA wineries making organically grown wines.

Tonight’s amazing taste paired this with homemade Vietnamese beef stew. Not your ordinary stew as this concoction is darker, spicier, and amped up on the stewy flavors. I could have opened a uber-premium red but Vietnamese food is about ‘value’ (strong, fresh flavors on a budget), so this called for a strong, value wine. This was the right call as the spice and tomato-y brew stayed only one-up on this cab-merlot blend. While this will be difficult to duplicate, I heartily recommend this combination. Try your own homemade beef stew with this wine and you just might thank me this time.

Nose: strong black cherry, chocolate aromas. Color: dark magenta. Mouthfeel: 15lb dumbbells. Tail trail: 5 seconds. Flavors: blackberry, mid-palate of bronco leather, rust, and a sunset of spiced chocolate.

Alcohol: 13.5%. Cab sau 70%, merlot 30%. Brix 27.0. 6 days on the skins. Yeast: Prise de Mousse. TA: 0.55g/100mL. pH 3.67. RS 0.02g/100mL. Harvested 9-28-06. 87 WS, 85 WE. Columbia Valley AVA. Rated: 80. Value: $12. Paid: $7. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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