Tildio Winery 2006 syrah

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

If Medic One plays “Stayin’ Alive” while giving me CPR, I’ll tell them to change it to something like Katy Perry’s “Ur So Gay” instead. Y-O-Y is Ronnie closing the KC Fair?? Budget cuts, my a–. What else are the peeps in Enumscratch gonna do in the summer? Maybe they’ll help the Packwood-ies thin out their elk infestation. The WAwineman is now taking donations so he can buy his Lego lookalike from N-M and place it next to all them sandwich boards at the Woodinville North amusement park. Seattle has its ‘Hammering Man’ and Woodinville North will have its ‘Hammered Man’. Congrats to my new idol, Brad Sciullo, for downing a 15-pound burger with an additional 5 pounds of toppings. He won $400 and three t-shirts. They should have included a free angioplasty. And lastly, that was not my 9-year old driving me home from Wineville following a night of drunking. At last check, I don’t have a 9 year old (other than myself).

Finally, The WAwineman has come back to…Lake Chelan! Folks, this is one up and coming area, with an AVA pending. I’m hoping someday, someone there will plant pinot noir. For now, I’ll be content with this offering from one of the 13 wineries that encase this summer destination. Speaking of Katy Perry, I didn’t know she owned this winery. No, not the singer…the UC Davis grad and CSM alumnus. The vineyard was purchased in 2001 and Katy scooped up her husband off a ski lift around the same time. Tildio is the Spanish name for the Killdeer bird that resides at the vineyard. It’s the only bird around here that lays its eggs on the ground and has a peculiar defense against predators, like Katy’s dog. No surprise that Tildio is known for its sau blanc and chardonnays. As is my uneducated nature, I picked one of their obscure varietals just to maintain my reputation.

Tonight’s blind date match was leftover sun-dried tomato chicken cavatappi from 13 Coins. Think curly pasta in red sauce, chock-full with artichoke hearts, olives and spicy red sauce. This was, as expected, a fluid match. Spicy red sauce will match well with syrah, sangiovese, nebbiolo and even a prime merlot. Why I could hear Kellie Pickler crooning “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” when sipping this beauty after a bite. This would have easily taken the sting out of sitting in that I-5 southbound mess just cuz some Emeril-wannabe decided to use his woman front passenger as a wood block to hold his knife. But, I digress…

Color: reddish-purple. Mouthfeel: thin. Tail trail: 4 seconds. Flavors: blackberry, black licorice, Tijuana belt, anise.

Alcohol: 14.0%. 195 cases. Future Chelan Valley AVA (hint: change the name to Lake Chelan AVA). Tildio Estate Vineyard. Aged 14 months in French and USA oak. Nose: blackberry pie right out of the oven, cola syrup, tobacco leaves. Rated: 86. Value: $19. Paid: $25. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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