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Several Other Wines Tasted in Seattle


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I tried several other wines during my recent trip to Seattle.  I did not bother taking any notes on these wines for I was rather tired.  But I did take some pictures so here are my general impressions.

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After a few beers at King’s Hardware in Ballard a group of us moved on to dinner at Delancey.  Delancey serves up great pizza and has become a restaurant which I frequently visit during my trips to Seattle.  As I had to pass by the Portalis Wine Shop to get to my car I popped in to pick a few bottles for dinner.

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I had never seen the 2011 Turley, Cinsault, El Porron, Lodi before.  Having enjoyed many Turley Zinfandels in the past I thought the $23 El Porron was worth a try.  It turns out this is made using fruit sourced from 127 year old vines at the Bechtold vineyard.  There was an engaging nose with lots of beautiful, fresh, red fruit in the mouth.  I really enjoyed it and though it disappeared quickly amongst the six of us, I suspect it will drink well over several years.  Definitely worth trying.  The 2011 Sinister Hand, Columbia Valley is a blend of 63% Grenache, 19% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre, and 2% Cinsault.  I picked it up for I thought we should also drink something a bit fruitier and from Washington.  This bottle remained a bit compact but was still very satisfying given that it was popped and poured.  It was the first bottle to be finished.

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The evening we relaxed in Clark and Julie’s backyard.  The light rain sprinkles put a chill in the air but with the heater turned on we were fine.  Julia first brought out the 2005 Isenhower, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bachelor’s Button, Columbia Valley.  This appears to be a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot sourced from three vineyards planted in 1972, 1988, and 2000.  The nose did not give up much at all.  In the mouth it was very tight with any fruit clinging to the firm but approachable structure.  My first impression is that the structure was outliving the fruit.  I did revisit it an hour later and there seemed to be a very focused core of subtly ripe blue and black fruit coming out.  As an alternative Julia opened the 2009 Convergence Zone Cellars, Storm Front, Red Mountain.  She figured I had never heard of this wine and she was right.  This is a blend of 39% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Malbec which was produced in nearby Woodinville.  It sees a chunk of new oak and it certainly comes out in the flavors.  The fruit does stand up to it in an attractive, seamless package.

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For another dinner I met Clark and Julia at Bar Sajor in  Pioneer Square.  This restaurant is in the same group as Sitka & Spruce and bar ferd’nand.  It was a few years ago that I was first introduced to the 2010 Matteo Correggia, Anthos at bar ferd’nand.  I spied the 2011 Matteo Correggia, Anthos on the well-edited and interesting wine list.  Of course I ordered it.  This wine is 100% Brachetto sourced from vines planted in 1975.  The fruit is only briefly macerated so the color is rather light for a red wine.  Despite the light color the nose is highly aromatic and there is good depth to the flavors.  I strongly recommend you seek this out.

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The last wine I tried during my trip was the 2010 COR Cellars, Momentum.  I really enjoyed the 2009 I tasted last year so of course I grabbed this bottle of 2010.  This wine is a blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 26% Merlot, and 14% Malbec which is very similar to the previous vintage.  This was a cooler year than 2009 and I think it shows.  There were concentrated black fruit flavors, good extract, a sweet chocolate note, and the impression it needs a year to open up.  However, it came across a little muddled and rough in the finish.  It is still a decent wine for the money but it also shows how good the 2009 is.

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