Monday, July 1, 2013

A final day if tasting in Walla Walla!

So here I am on my last day of tasting in Walla Walla, first stop Otis Kenyon where I tasted some of the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was very nice, from the Estate Stella and Seven Hills vineyards. Then the 2009 Matchless Red Wine, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (51%), Syrah (27%) and Merlot (22%), which I found to be a very nice blend, very easy to drink. Finally the 2010 Carmenere from the Phinney Hill Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. This one had a lot of spice up front but then finished very nicely. And after all that I bought a bottle of the 2008 Merlot from the Pepper Bridge and Seven Hills vineyards!

Next I was off to the Sapolil Cellars tasting room to start with the 2008 Gandy Dancer, a blend of Syrah (73%), Sangiovese (14%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (13%). A very nice easy drinking blend that has just enough spice from the Sangiovese to make it interesting. Then the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon which was mostly Cab with a bit of Merlot (7%). This wine had an exceptionally cool label that I fell in love with! The wine was very nice with good dark fruit up front and some nice structure. Finally the 2008 Dwelley Reserve, a blend of Syrah (78%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (22%), a nice fruit forward wine with a bit of mint and raisin very nice overall. But my favorite of the group was the Gandy Dancer, as I'm a sucker for the spice!

Next stop was Da Ma which had some nice wines made entirely by women and an awesome little dog named Gracie! I started with the 2012 Viognier which was very crisp and dry. Then off to the reds, beginning with the 2009 DaMaNation which was a super GSM blend of Grenache (55%), Syrah (23%) and Mourvèdre (22%) which had some nice spice, smoke and great minerality. Next the 2009 Cowgirl Cab, a Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon which was very spicy on the outset, then some licorice and a zippy taste on the finish. Next the 2008 Merlot which was a very fruit forward merlot with a well structured finish. Finally the 2007 Walla Walla Sangiovesr which was perhaps the nicest Sangiovese I've tasted in Walla Walla! This had a great nose of leather and spice and a rich fruit that brought me right back to Tuscany! It was just amazing!

Last stop of the last day was Sinclair Estate Vineyards. First was the 2012 Roussanne-Marsanne which was a very nice, crisp refreshing white which came in handy on a day when the high was supposed to be 108! Next the 2011 Columbia Valley Chardonnay which was an old world style of Chardonnay that was very buttery. Next the 2010 Syrah which was a nice Syrah, very warm with notes of licorice and a tight finish. And last was the 2009 Vixen Red Blend which had a nose of leather and spice but was much cooler with a super dry, smooth finish.

Overall it was a great last day if tasting! Cheers Walla Walla!

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