It’s 95F outside, and it’s the end of the workweek. Does this can taste of heirloom cider apples, slightly sweet (no, call it “almost dry”) and kick ass at 8.5% alc/vol? Yes, yes indeed it does. Another superior cider from Schilling. Why can’t the national brands match this level of quality? Why indeed... — 9 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.
This is a delicious Merlot from Columbia Valley. Big bold and beautiful.
Full-bodied with medium acidity and long legs.
Showing black plums, black currants, tobacco, cedar, vanilla, licorice, chocolates, spices and coffee.
Dry on the palate and very fruity.
Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.
This 5 year old will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.
Extracted and bold. Fruit forward and opulent. Tasty and delicious.
Good by itself or with food. I had it with cheeses, olives and fresh fruit, but will pair very nicely with a big piece of steak.
A blend of 75% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$65. — 10 days ago
Absolutely stunning! Transcendent bottle that started wild and evolved over an hour. Opened up beautifully to a very Morey-St-Denis like cuvée. Crisp ruby color. Low viscosity and light bodied. Red cherries, raspberries, wild strawberries, wet forest floor and spicy aromas. My guess is there is some whole cluster fermentation here. Gorgeous nose. Tannic backbone. Medium high acidity. Fluttery mouthfeel. Complex wine that’s beautifully integrated. Extremely long acidic finish. Possibly one of the better and most interesting Oregon Pinots. Interesting to note this is a 15% Pinot Gris blend. Biodynamically farmed on a vineyard with a southern facing slope along side Hood river. No additives, nothing removed..naturally made. And of course Nate’s a legend!! Day 1. Will update for day 2..can’t wait to see this cuvée continue to evolve! It was hard to stop myself and it would be so easy to quaff the whole bottle in a few hours :) — 10 days ago
I don’t normally like pairs yet somehow this wine makes me think of a pear I like. One whose texture is not too too. And also there’s a lot of other fun flavors like white pepper and lemon so maybe it’s just a pear with more personality and we get along — a month ago
One of a very few wines that I can easily say that I don’t remember many characteristics of the wine but thoroughly enjoyed it. Not overly complex but smooth, medium to medium low tannins and could see this going well with just about any meal. This edition is from Washington and keeps me looking for more wines from that state. — 2 days ago
This CVR, Columbia Valley Red, is a blend of 87% Cab Sauv, 7% Merlot and 3% each of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Deep Ruby with aromas of black and ripe red fruits with notes of smoky cedar and earthy herb notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black cherry with sweet spice, black pepper and mineral notes. Long finish ending with smoky cedar, earthy notes and stewed fruit. Good balance, great now! Tried twice! — 3 days ago
Pulled another domestic Chenin... glad I did. Lovely concentrated, complex Old Vine Chenin from WA Columbia Valley. Med weight, nice round full texture. Really nice fruit/acid balance...lime, lemon, blood orange hints with green grass and savory herbal notes. Great accompaniment to Halibut, Bass, and herbed, pickled beets with rice pilaf. Chenin Blanc is fast becoming one of my favorite food wines. So much more interesting than Sauvignon Blanc. — 10 days ago
It's time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here's a nicely aged one from Washington State.
Ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.
Fruity nose of blueberries, cherries, currants, oak, spices, chocolates, peppercorn, dark coffee, tobacco leaf, earth and herbs.
Full bodied spicy and smooth with medium plus acidity.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, dark coffee, wet leaves and peppercorn.
Spicy finish with fine grained tannins.
This 9 year old Merlot from Columbia Valley is very tasty now. Showing nice complexity with a soft, smooth mouthfeel.
Spicy and elegant. Tangy and interesting. Tastes like an aged California Cabernet.
Wine Enthusiasts 90 points.
Good right out of the bottle and better with some air time.
Thank you Wendy for sharing this with me.
Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.
A blend of 92% Merlot, 5% Syrah and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$40. — 17 days ago