Monthly Archives: December 2014

Woodinville Wine Honors (6th vintage, 2014)

Still the longest running honors gala in the heart of Woodinville, whatever that means! 2014 was another of change for the better. The first honor for Washington wine was a Chester Kidder 2009 red wine being served at a state … Continue reading

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Cooper Wine Company 2012 Estate carmenere

I can’t dine in peace no more. I was happily defrocking a prime rib at my favorite steakhouse with Chucky Smith (yeah, thee Chuckster of his eponymous winery) the other night when some good-looking black dude came by our table … Continue reading

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Montes Wines 2010 Purple Angel carmenere (Chile)

Only a jakknob wouldn’t love a good carmenere… Tasted at 60-68 degrees on the IR temp gun. Bullseye black garnet and carmine with aromas of black pepper, bell pepper, and blackberries smoking over the Riedel like dry ice. Full, thick, … Continue reading

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Bodega Norton 2010 Privada red wine (Argentina)

Tasted at 60-65 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: another stainer of garnet-magenta. Nose: smoky plum, black plum, black currant, black cherry. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. Tail trail: 9 seconds. Flavors: wild blackberries, white pepper, sweet oak, dark chocolate. Bold, smooth, … Continue reading

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Mastrojanni 2008 Brunello di Montalcino (Italy)

Tasted at 65-68 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: brick red. Nose: red cherry, red licorice. Mouthfeel: medium-bodied. Tail trail: 8 seconds. Flavors: acerola cherry, mid-Atlantic tobacco, oregano, thyme, cranberry, red plum. Hummed with marsala from Pasta Nova. Alcohol: … Continue reading

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Aspenwood Cellars 2010 Red Willow Vineyard syrah

Stole the show at a recent blinder… Tasted at 61-68 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: dark garnet stainer. Nose: cedar, smoke, blueberry, black licorice, raspberry, dark cherry, forest drought. Mouthfeel: full-bodied. Tail trail: 10+ seconds. Flavors: cherry, blueberry, … Continue reading

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Corliss Estates 2003 Columbia Valley syrah

Still in prime form. Tasted at 62-67 degrees on the IR temp gun. Color: black with garnet rims. Mouthfeel: full, dense. Nose/flavors: dark roast, charred pork tips, cherry, plum, scarred bark, cocoa nibs, black toast. Great with eggs and hash … Continue reading

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