Monthly Archives: December 2013

Woodinville Wine Honors (5th vintage, 2013)

Enjoy what is the gift of the wineman’s fifth to ya! It’s been another crazy year for wine in Woodinville, despite the catcalls and dire predictions of two shitty cold years of harvests. More wineries than ever are populating the … Continue reading

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Coyote Canyon Winery 2010 sangiovese

When it comes to “insider” knowledge about Washington’s grape growers, the first names that come to mind are Mike Sauer (Red Willow), Dick Boushey (Boushey), John Williams (Kiona), Alec Bayless (Sagemoor Farms), and Associated Vintners (Harrison Hill). While these visionaries … Continue reading

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Flying Dreams Winery 2009 Stillwater Creek Vineyard monastrell

Tasted at 63-66 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: radiant dark magenta. Nose: dark violets, peppers, blackberries, chocolate. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. Tail trail: black pepper, gunpowder, dried bark, charred barn, dark chocolate, stinging nettle, clove, thyme. Great with chicken parm … Continue reading

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Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Rivers Bend cabernet sauvignon

Tasted at 56-67 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: dark garnet. Nose/flavors: plum, blackberry, raspberry, black licorice. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. Tail trail: 11 seconds. Alcohol: 13.8%. Rivers Bend Vineyard (“originally planted in the early ’50’s”). BWN-WA-323. Power: 3/5. Balance: 2/5. … Continue reading

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Tenor Wines 2011 Columbia Valley chardonnay

Tasted at 57-63 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: glistening gold. Nose: honey crisp, peach cobbler, Sunday morning oj, ripe pear. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied. Tail trail: 10+ seconds. Flavors: orange, peach, Lancome Translucence facial powder, lemon, vanilla, cantaloupe. Smooth and … Continue reading

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Helix By Reininger 2007 Stillwater Creek Vineyard sangiovese

Tasted at 60-68 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: purple-magenta. Nose: smoked meat locker, black cherry. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied. Tail trail: 11 seconds. Flavors: cherry, red licorice. Paired nicely with world-class chili. Alcohol: 14.2%. Columbia Valley AVA. No new oak. … Continue reading

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Kiona Vineyards 2004 Reserve Red Mountain sangiovese

Tasted at 55-63 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: ruby with brick wall. Nose: cherry, cigar box, leather, raspberries. Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Tail trail: 9 seconds. Flavors: cherry liquor, lavender, potpourri, chocolate dust, allspice. Decent pairing with world-class chili. … Continue reading

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