Some winners from Taste Washington 2006 - Printable Version
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- Bucko - 04-17-2006 12:42 AM
2003 Basel Cellars, Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, $36. A 56/44 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Aromas and flavors of plums, raspberries, cinnamon, and mocha are backed up by silky-smooth tannins. An impressive effort; 90/90.
2003 Basel Cellars, Syrah, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, $42. The bouquet is a lovely mix of blueberries and floral notes. Silky tannins introduce the red berry flavors. Expressive and not overstated; 90/90.
2003 Betz, Cabernet Sauvignon, PÃ¨re de Famille, Columbia Valley, Washington, $50. Most of the fruit comes from Red Mountain, giving the wine clout, as well as generous but supple tannins. Full and lush in the mouth, youâ€™ll find a mÃ©lange of flavors, ranging from currants and black cherries to leather and tobacco nuances; 91/91.
2004 Brian Carter Cellars, Oriana, Yakima Valley, Washington, $24, 270 cases. An unusual but pleasant blend of Roussanne, Riesling and Viognier is presented in crisp package with threshold sweetness. Lots of terpenes delight the taste buds; 88/88.
2003 Buty, Rediviva of the Stones, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, $40. Sporting a deep ruby color, this is a very fruit-forward wine. Mixed red and black fruits are backed by silky-smooth tannins and balanced acidity. Prime rib time; 90/90.
2005 Cougar Crest Winery, Viognier, Walla Walla Valley, Washington, $20, 735 cases. Youâ€™ll appreciate floral characteristics on the nose and palate, enhanced by generous pear and honeysuckle notes. The acidity level begs for Asian food; 89/90.
2003 DeLille Cellars, Chaleur Estate, Red Mountain, Washington, $68. Massive is the best way to describe this wine. While it is pretty oaky, the deep, lovely fruit more than carries it. The finish is endless; 91/91.
2003 DeLille, Harrison Hill, Yakima Valley, Washington, $68. The fruit for this wine comes from Washingtonâ€™s second oldest vineyard. Full and juicy in the mouth, the mixed red and black fruit finishes long and lush. Silky tannins add grace; 90/89.
2002 Forgeron, Syrah, Columbia Valley, Washington, $30, 700 cases. This is a lush, fruity wine with soft tannins. Nice meaty aromas and flavors are augmented by blackberries and blueberries, finishing seamlessly. Tasted twice with similar notes; 91/91.
2003 McCrea, Syrah, Boushey Grande CÃ´te Vineyard, Yakima Valley, Washington, $43, 172 cases. Very lush and fruit forward, this one pushes the limits of ripeness without stepping over the line. Fruit, tannins and acids all sing in harmony, finishing with a long, complex aftertaste; 91/91.
- Findnfish - 04-18-2006 12:11 AM
great TN's Bucko! I found this too late to partake due to previous engagement. Were you able to go ta any of the winemaker dinners over the weekend? I'm drooling with envy.
- winoweenie - 04-18-2006 07:01 AM
Great notes there Buck-Snort. You musta cribbed to bemember that meeny . WW
- Bucko - 04-19-2006 03:23 AM
Bon Jovi from the Latin Quarter of Paris.
No winemaker dinners. I don't hang around those bums.
- wondersofwine - 05-08-2006 10:18 AM
The Betz got a top review in "Wine Enthusiast" also (editor's recommendation or some such).