Lummi Island Wine Tasting April 16 ’11

This weekend (Friday the 15th) is the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Hats off and glasses high, lads, to those who perished for the folly of its corporate owners, who thought the full complement of lifeboats would clutter the ship’s appearance.

Special Event Announcement!
Mark your calendars for this Saturday night at 7:30 pm at the Grange for a presentation (sponsored by Friends of the Island Library) on “State Banks” by Ann Tilentseff, author of “Web of Debt,” who is spearheading a national effort for all states to follow the very successful example of North Dakota, the only state to have its own bank. Like “duh,” how many Wall Street middlemen with their hands in our pockets does it take to make YOU want a state bank?

What can I say? Another fabulous tasting last Saturday, and a nonstop crowd– Very Festive! Not a great day for rose– spring is here but only between about 2 and 4 in the afternoon– but the reds were awesome! The new Bricco del Tempo Barbera is just plain delicious and a great buy; the Almira Los Dos was close behind, and–finally, after several years of bottle age– the Seghesio ’04 Home Ranch zinfandel was an absolute knockout, demonstrating that, yeah, some wines are worth waiting for!

By the way, we have just in the new Seghesio ’09 Sonoma zin; always predictably satisfying, this year is way over the top, so if you like big fruit, this one won’t last long! Also, if you liked last week’s Home Ranch Zin, we also just stocked the new release of their Rockpile vineyard zin, which is delicious right now, but is gonna get even better over the next couple of years. Btw, Seghesio has been making wine in Sonoma for five generations now, one of the oldest wineries/vineyards around.

rockpile vineyard

judy, leere, julie et al

This week’s tasting:
Seghesio pinot gris ’09 California $17
Intoxicating aromas and flavors of ripe apples and quince. Lively citrus character followed by lingering notes of apple and tropical fruit. Try this wine with grilled pork chops with lemon zest, rosemary and black pepper.

Marchesi di Gresi Barbera d’Alba ’07 Italy $16
Deep red with ruby highlights. Superripe, perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry and caramel oak. Fat, sweet, silky and broad, but with lovely acidity to frame the fruit and spice flavors. In a downright showy style.

The Chook shiraz ’09 Australia $15      90points
Glass-staining purple. Sexy, Rhone-like aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, violet and tobacco, with a strong peppery quality that becomes more intense with air. Juicy, palate-staining dark berry flavors show impressive freshness, with tangy acidity providing lift. Finishes with very good cut and persistent spiciness.

Sierra Cantabria Crianza ’06 Spain     $18           90pts
100% tempranillo) Bright ruby. Mineral-driven aromas of cherry, coffee, mocha, game, sassafras and oak. The bitter cherry, tar and herbal flavors show a juicy quality and are nicely framed by dusty tannins. Finishes with very good freshness and a strong echo of musky herbs and graphite.

Wine Tasting

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