This week we crush botrysized Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, we press the Merlot from last week!
First up was the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc: On the nose it had this nutty, caramel, and tropical fruitness to it with just a bit of grassiness. The palate was toasty, nutty with tropical notes again. I could of swore it was oaked but apparently it wasn’t, the fruit just came from a warmer climate. $14.
Next we tried the 2007 Orsa: %69 Syrah, %13 Grenach and 18% Mourvedre. It had aromas of dark berry, cassis, apple fruit roll ups and game! The flavors consisted of loads of berry flavor, especially blue berry.
Lastly we had the 2007 Reciprocity: %50 Cabernet, 50% Carmenere. On the nose I got espresso, dark berry, slate, plum and just a touch of wet wool. The flavors again had espresso and dark berries, deep toast and jalapeno. This was big and in your face and I would most definitely hang on to this beast for a few years!
This Fall, they will release two more blends, the 2007 Cuvee’ Rouge and the 2008 Cuvee’ Blanc, a blend of Viognier and Roussanne.
Their Tasting Room is open every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm. Located in the Old Rainier Brewery Building at 3100 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98134