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2008 Domaine Pouillon, Katydid


Domaine Pouillon originated at Reed’s Lane Vineyard when Alexis Puillon fell in love with his future wife Juliet.  Together they started the winery.  The estate has a 2.5 acre vineyard planted with Syrah, Viognier, Roussane, and Marsanne.  Additional fruit is purchased from McKinley Springs, Coyote Canyon, Brehm, Jewett Creek, and Columbia Country Vineyards.  Alexis first worked at Fetzer winery before he apprenticed at Chateau Beaucastel.  This bottle was recommended by Michael and purchased at Soul Wine for $22.  I would personally cellar this wine for a couple years before opening again.  But if you must drink a bottle now then make sure you give it a few hours of air.  Either way, this is a well-priced, balanced, enjoyable wine that I recommend you try.  Both Jenn and I certainly enjoyed this bottle!

McKinley Springs Vineyard, Image from McKinley Springs Winery

The McKinley Springs Vineyard was first planted in 1980.  Today the grower Rob Andrews maintains over 20 different varietals located on 2000 acres of vineyards.  Most of the vineyards are located at 800 to 1200 feet on soils of silt loam with a deep layer of broken basalt.

Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Image from Nancy Bay (Picasa)

Coyote Canyon Vineyard has been in the Smith family for many generations.  The prime products were wheat and Hereford cattle but in 1994 Bob and his son Mike planted 20 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.  In 2006 Mike’s son Jeff joined and the resulting expansion now encompasses 1100 acres of vines and 25 different varietals.  The vineyards are located at the top of Horse Heaven Hills at 1000 feet.  The soils are a mix of volcanic, loam, and alluvial flood deposits.

2008 Domaine Pouillon, Katydid, Horse Heaven Hills
This is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre.  The Grenache and Syrah are sourced from the McKinley Springs Vineyard whereas the Mourvedre is sourced from Coyote Canyon Vineyard.  The grapes are fermented then aged in neutral French oak barrels for 11-12 months.  This Rhone-styled blend had a light+ nose of good, finely textured fruit.  Upon first opening, the wine shows leaner red fruit, gravelly spices then eventually fills out and ripens after a couple of hours.  It ultimately becomes a medium-bodied wine with ripe, powdery, supple black cherry and red fruit.  The acidity and tannins are well-integrated. ***(*) 2014-2019.

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  1. December 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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