Thursday, May 17, 2012


New taste bud! Guess who!
This impromptu trip was made because of a very persuasive taste bud who had his roots in the state. I almost did not make it but with the countless 'BUT IT'S WASHINGTONS!', I gave in. How could I say no to wine tasting anyway. 

Furthermore, we had a new taste bud joining us! 

The following is the tasting in order (All from Columbia Valley except Columbia Crest-not labeled).

14 Hands Hot to Trot White blend 2010
Smells sweet floral with apricot. Medium to full bodied. Taste of ripe peaches and melon. Will definitely revisit! Great well balanced flavorful blend.  OOOo

Corvidae Wine Co The Keeper Cabernet Franc 2010 
Smells smoky. Not a good balance of tannins and acid. Had berries with a hint of pepper and smokiness.  OOo

Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Franc 2009 
This was an interesting one. It smells of roasted coffee beans. It was a good balance although there was not much flavor. It was simple without much fruit but had good smokiness to it. OOO

Mercer Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Smells leathery and cherry. Light with obvious tannins yet simple like taste bud put it, 'dark sour cherry' pie. OO

J. Bookwalter Foreshadow Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Smells of burnt caramel and brownies. It was toasty with good balance of acid and tannins. Tasted great with plenty of ripe juicy berries. Will definitely revisit! OOOO

Columbia Crest Les Chevaux Red 'Horse Heaven Hills' 2010
This was toasty and a little sweeter than expected. OOo

Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Had a roasted caramel taste which reminded me of the Luck Charms cereal. Oo

14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
This Cab is a little on the sweet side for me. Or am I biased by olive bread I am eating? OO

Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
There was plenty going on for this one. It smells like super glue, paint and raw tuna. It was complex in flavor with a flavor explosion in the mouth. Had none of the glue or paint (phew!), but had tobacco and fruits (hmmmm tuna). OOOo

K Vintners Milbrandt Wahluke Slope Syrah 2010
This was a standard Syrah good peppery spices to it. Although well made, it did not really standout. Perhaps there was too many Cabs in this tasting.

Overall pretty impressive! I was very reluctant to toot his horns after all the rave about how Washington wines are the best conversations. But hey, I really enjoy some of these wines! Yeay Washingtons!

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