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You Should Try These Two Wines


While I did not particularly recommend any wine in my previous Three Random Notes post, I certainly recommend both of the wines in this post. You will find on the neck of the COR Cellars bottles, Vinum Bonum Laetificat Cor Humanum, “Good Wine Pleases the Human Heart.” Well, both of these wines pleased my palate as well! The Badenhorst is just all-around good fun but I think I grabbed the last bottle. I asked Michael, proprietor of Soul Wine, for a $20 or less red blend from the Northwest and he promptly suggested the COR Cellars. Luke Bradford, proprietor and winemaker of COR Cellars, spent several years at Syncline whose wines I thoroughly enjoy. I enjoyed this wine of his as well and am amazed he can produce such a good wine from quality vineyards for such a low price. If I lived in Seattle I would head over to Soul Wine this weekend to pick up several bottles of the COR Cellars. The Badenhorst was purchased at Wine World and Spirits and the COR Cellars was purchased at Soul Wine.

2010 Badenhorst Family Wines, Secateurs, Red, Swartland – $15
Imported by Broadbent Selections. This wine is a blend of 74% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Grenache, 1% Carignan, and 1% Mourvedre. The wine is fermented in open concrete tanks with indigenous yeasts for two weeks, pigeage occurs by clean feet, then aged for 14 months on the lees in casks, foudres, and concrete tanks. The color is a medium grapey, ruby and purple. The nose reveals brambly red fruit and coffee. In the mouth the flavors follow the nose but are a little darker with a roast note. There is some tartness along with coffee notes. Perhaps a touch of heat? On the second night it was opened up with good texture, coffee notes, supportive and fresh acidity, followed by brighter blue fruit in the finish. This was satisfying with drying, ripe tannins. This shows youthful strength but is not strapping. *** Now-2019.

2009 COR Cellars, Momentum, Horse Heaven Hills – $16
This wine is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 24% Petit Verdot, and 14% Malbec sourced from McKinley Springs Vineyards and Alder Ridge Vineyards. It was aged for 10 months in 90% French and 10% American barrels of which 60% were used. Alcohol 14.6%. The color is a medium purple-ruby. The nose is light-medium in strength with dark fruit showing some lift. In the mouth the flavors begin with blue fruit which rapidly becomes dark and dense, along with spicy cinnamon and creamy blue flavors. The wine is weighty in the middle but is kept fresh with acidity which eventually causes one to salivate in the aftertaste. The flavors lighten up in the finish leaving notes of Big-Red, dark fruit, and long, sweet spices in the aftertaste. *** Now-2019.

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