Lummi Island Wine Tasting April 30 ’10

This week we are on the road, visiting friends and a few wineries in Willamette Valley in Oregon. We have dropped in on a few wineries, and will be bringing back a few interesting wines we have found at Anne Amie and at Winderlea. We also spent some time today at the Evergreen Aviation and Space museum, a curious and enjoyable collection of old aircraft and space race memoribilia. Lots of well-restored displays, including of course the infamous “Spruce Goose” designed and built by Howard Hughes in the 40’s, possibly the biggest airplane ever built, at least in some ways. It did manage to fly once for a mile or so before touching back down on the water. It’s HUGE, and made of wood in a method similar to today’s “cold-molding” of boats with epoxy laminated layers of wood strips.

Really nice crowd last week for another very satisfying tasting. Our first guests were Chris and Misty, here for a couple of days for, you guessed it, dinner at the Willows. He is the chef at the Four Seasons in Seattle. So we had a wide-ranging discussion about food and wine. There were also, of course, many of the Usual Suspects who give this place its quirky charm (just my opinion).

Probably the wine of the day was the ’03 Casa Lapostolle cab from Chile. We have had this around for some while, and it never showed particularly well. This time, however, it was big and complex and satisfying. Unfortunately we only had a few bottles and they sold quickly.

Okay, T-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-that’s about it, hope to see you all this weekend!

This week’s wines:

Peirano Estates The Other White ’07    California     $10
Aromas of apples, pears, & tropical fruit, with hints of coconut and vanilla. Lush flavors of fresh ripe pears, apples, tropical fruit and homemade lemon pie lead to a long, seductive, finish. A fantastic buy!

Terre Rouge Tête-à-Tête Syrah 02 California $16
A likable and out-of-the-ordinary blend, with aromas of cedar, plum and spice and zesty yet supple flavors of licorice, coffee and blackberry.

Peirano Estates The Immortal Zin ’08 California $10
Hand selected from 113-year-old vines; deceptively subtle aromas of this wine combine red and black cherry, mineral, earthy rhubarb and slightly spicy red fruit; palate is wrapped in velvety layers of sweet red cherry, strawberry, cocoa and juicy red fruit leading to a lengthy, almost breathless finish.

Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero   ‘04     Spain       WA92pts     $21
Dense ruby/purple color is followed by a projected nose of blackberries, currants, cherries, smoky oak, and crushed rocks. Terrific texture, super purity, an opulent, full-bodied palate, and a long, heady finish.

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