David James Cellars 2013 Columbia Valley cabernet sauvignon

Hey yah, just got back from a wild party in North Korea shooting rpg’s for fun. At least, it was better than you foolish Seahawk fans wasting over 3 hours (and a 17 point lead in the 4th quarter) to view dem Bengals win a game by ricocheting a field goal through. This season will be pure misery because them Seachickens traded away their offensive line for a third tight end who caught 3 passes for a total of 30 yards. Makes you wonder if Howard Lincoln had a role in building this year’s NFL version of the lowly Mariners…

Instead of foraging the blotter for material, let’s go to some wine retard’s social media feed for idiot fodder… Let’s see, good ol’ Sean squealed how happy he was to celebrate John Lennon’s 75th birthday. Somebody tell the cleft-lipped nutjob that the hippie’s been dead for some 35 years. And, oh look!, he discovered a riesling that pairs well with pie… his boyfriend’s hair pie? And while we are here, let’s check in to Shona’s newsfeed… well, look at that… Shona supports keeping a breast. As well she should, she has three of them if you count that flabby pouch in her midsection. This plump wine leech will still do anything for free wine and lamb chops while on state assistance. Speaking of old fatties, let’s stroll on over to MarGot’s Write Bullshit For Wine feed… oh look, she wants her followers to run (don’t walk) to buy tickets for the Taste of Outlet Mall. I mean, why not?, since the tickets are purchased online, it makes total sense to run to your phone. But, you know what’s so funny about these fucktards? They stopped hooting for Columbia Winery. Not that that’s a problem, mind you, but it further fortifies the “play for pay” structure these meely mouthed wine scabs abide by. It’s what you don’t do that can define your place in the blogosphere.

Don’t bother Bing-ing David James as you’re likely to receive links to some toothless bus driver schlocking clueless wine aficionados around the Napa Valley. Our David James of his eponymous winery is none other than 48 year-old Dave Minick who started his Willow Crest Winery back in 1995. Dave’s a third-generation farmer (as duly noted on his wine label) out in Prosser who loves his white wines, particularly riesling and pinot gris, and owns a 200-acre Roza vineyard, planted in 1982. He later partnered with Precept Wines and brought on consulting winemaker Ron Bunnell so he could focus on his vineyard directorship for Precept. He’s one of those vineyard owners who learned the winemaking craft from the many conversations he had with more established winemakers who bought his grapes. And according to Ms. Stephens, “David James,” the trademark for alcoholic beverages (not including beers), is owned by Willow Crest Wine Estates. Not that you cared…

So like, what the hell? There’s no winery website that you can easily find. There’s no mention of ownership. Not a single wine blogger picked up on this before this posting. The label is as plain-Jane as anything. Who is this wine being marketed to? When the front label lacks a pizazz graphic and “THIRD GENERATION FARMER” is clearly listed under the varietal, you’d have to think only a Washington insider would dare scoop up this bottle. Point.

This wine is made by a hardcore farmer from Washington with deep roots in his central Washington community. He takes bountiful pride is his expertise as a farmer and locally-known winemaker. Although he has no wine pedigree like a Bob Betz, this gentleman knows how to craft a solid, professional wine because he has full control from vine to wine. This is a wine that screams “locals only” as a gift to the state’s citizens. While the superficial wine bloggers are hollering about the latest Walla Walla overpriced syrah, this blog continues to support the low-profile wineries and wines because the product they make forms the backbone of the wine industry so that the high-flyers like the Quilceda Creeks, the DeLille Cellars, the Betz Family Winery, etc. can prove to the world that Washington wines are to be reckoned with. This state’s wine industry stands on the toes of the little guys so that we can say that top-to-bottom, popular-to-obscure, Washington wines are a superior product and a great value.

A well-sculpted cabernet from the Columbia Valley vineyards with dark character in black cherry, blackberry, black licorice, and raw earth under the clean magenta blanket in the Riedel. Firm and steady on the palate with a lingering, pristine residence.

Alcohol: 13.5%. Not a lot of cases. 89% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot, 1% malbec. Power: 2/5. Balance: 2/5. Depth: 3/5. Finesse: 2/5. Rated: 89. Value: $20. Music pairing: “What You Don’t Do” by Lianne La Havas. This is WAwineman… uncorked, uneducated but not uncouth.

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