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A Few Wines Tasted In Seattle


These wines were casually tasted during my recent trip to Seattle.  The Ash Hollow starts off lush from the very first glass and would be quickly finished in a social setting.  But on the third night I was quite captivated by the nose and was almost content to just smell it.  The Cor Cellars showed a bit more breed and remained confident in itself over three nights.  I would be curious to try it again out of a wine glass instead of a tumbler.  The Chateau La Garde had attractive black fruit but we all suspected this will bow down to its structure.  The Syncline was nice.  From a cooler vintage it offers up a bright profile of blackberry and red fruits which are enlivened by its acidity.  I think it attractive and would stick a few bottles in my cellar for short-term aging.  Please find my casual tasting notes below.  The Chateau La Garde was purchased by Clark & Julia’s some time ago, the Ash Hollow and Cor Cellars were purchased at Whole Foods, and the Syncline was purchased at Soul Wine.

2008 Ash Hollow, Nine Mile, Walla Walla Valley – $20
This wine is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Alcohol 14.4%.  The color was medium garnet cherry.  The light nose was pretty with floral aromas, citrus, and tropical fruit.  Nice nose.  In the mouth the fruit was up from with some looseness.  The black and red fruit was heady with some tang and spice followed by pretty fruit in the finish.  This became elegant and attractive on the third night as it showed more restraint.  Tasted over three nights.

2009 Cor Cellars, Petit Verdot, McKinley Springs Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills – $20
This wine is 100% Petit Verdot which was aged for 18 months in barrel.  The color was a medium black cherry.  In the mouth there was inky black fruit which was very focused with ripe flavors and some spice.  The wine starts off very gentle then there is an expansion of flavors as it puts on weight in the finish.  This seductive wine becomes a little racy in the finish followed by some warmth and tannins in the aftertaste.  Tasted over three nights.

2005 Chateau La Garde, Pessac-Leognan –
Imported by Bordeaux Wine Locators.  This wine is an almost equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Popped and poured back and forth between glasses.  The light nose offered up tight but enjoyable black fruit and eventually some black tea.  The pure, youthful black fruit in the mouth was met by firm structure and fine-grained tannins.  Decent flavors but it firmed up with air and appears that the fruit will subside and the structure take over.

2011 Syncline, Subduction Red, Columbia Valley – $20
This wine is a blend of 39% Mourvedre, 29% Grenache, 14% Syrah, 9% Carignan, 7% Counoise, and 2% Cinsault.  It was fermented in open top as well as closed-top concrete Nomblot tanks with inoculated yeasts.  It was then aged for 11 months. Alcohol 13.5%.  The color was a purple ruby.  The light nose has aromas of delicate black fruit, ripe red fruit, and some strawberry.  In the mouth the flavors are framed with a firmness and well-integrated acidity.    There are red raspberry fruits which are bright.  A bit perfumed in the finish with darker fruit and citrus, followed by mild salivation, citrus notes, and a light amount of very fine tannins.  With air the fruit shows delicacy and purity.  I would cellar this for one year.

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