Wine at Flying Fish


A group of us met up for dinner last week at Flying Fish in South Lake Union.  I did not realize the restaurant had relocated from Belltown even though I had been to Soul Wine, Serious Pie just to the north and Whole Foods to the south.  Unsure of whether to pick the 2009 Reinhold Haart or the 2009 Sparkman, Lumiere (I had enjoyed the 2010) the sommerliere, Claire Hansen, steered us towards the Reinhold Haart.  Having quickly polished off the Reinhold Haart she then recommend the 2009 Brian Carter Cellars, Oriana to accompany our variety of entrees.  My notes from memory are below.

2009 Reinhold Haart, Piesporter Grafenberg, Riesling Kabinett, Mosel Saar Ruwer
This had a strong sulphur “burnt-tire” nose at first but that eventually blew off to reveal citrus and minerals.  In the mouth there were white stone fruits, almost citrus like acidity, with minerals, some overt sweetness, and a petroleum note running through.  Balanced and textured on all fronts, everyone was pleased by the wine. A good Kabinett that could stay a wee bit of aging to come together. **(*) 2014-2022.

2009 Brian Carter Cellars, Oriana, Yakima Valley
This is a blend of 55% Viognier, 29% Roussane, and 16% Riesling that was sourced from Elderling, Solstice, and Olsen Brothers vineyards.  It was fermented and aged for six months in 67% stainless steel and 33% neutral French oak.  This took me completely by surprise with its tropical nose of “papaya” then hard, Rhone-like flavors in the mouth.  There were still some tropical notes mixed with pear-like flavors with a hard edge, decent mouth feel, and a good amount of acidity.  It cut through the food quite fine but was ultimately not the most pleasant to drink. * Now.

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