Wine Tasting June 19 ’10

By any standard you would have to call last Saturday “Quiet.” MJ came by early to get ready (?!) for her drive to Woodinville to hear Crosby, Stills, and Nash at Chateau Ste. Michelle. While she was still there D & K came by, and pretty much we had a long, easy schmooze till sometime after four when some o’ the regulars stopped in to, you know, make it all worthwhile. I think we went the whole day with no new faces– well, not quite true; Zack bicycled out from Bellingham with two newbie friends.

Maybe chalk that up to the ferry’s being sidelined with the leaky stern tube, although I am still trying to work out the math on having to drive way down the beach to find a parking place Friday night. Given that all the people who move their thirteen cars to fill up the Gooseberry parking lots during dry dock were caught with their cars marooned on the island by the sudden ferry outage, and given that all week there had been oodles of empty spaces, how is it that Friday night the overflow lot was as full as the third week of drydock, and evening arrivals had to drive pretty far down the Point to find a place to park. Who ARE these people?? Where did all these cars COME from??? I like SO don’t get it…

All the wines were lovely last weekend, as many commented. The Secreto sauv blanc drew many an appreciative nod; the Borsao tinto started slow but the crowd warmed up to it as it opened up; the OS red–still the 2006– just keeps getting better and better, the favorite of the day; and the Darnaud Crozes Hermitage was in a class by itself, deep, dark, and brooding.

Zack & friends

Arrrrrrr, here’s lookin at you, matey

Wines for this weekend:

Montinore Borealis White      Oregon      $10
Back by popular demand! Grapefruit, pineapple, peach, and quince with aromas of fresh flowers

Savanha Pinotage-Shiraz ‘08           South Africa          $9
Forward, with cherry jam and pomegranate notes over a backdrop of smoke and leather.

L’Oustal Blanc Minervois ’04 (France)Parker 93 pts $25
“Lavender, marjoram, black pepper and black cherry on the nose lead to a velvety, expansive palate full of pure, sweet, almost honeyed black cherry essence. Vanilla, clove, and lavender add complexity…”

Seghesio Zinfandel 08    Califiornia        $19
Copious amounts of blue, red, and black fruits as well as excellent purity, medium to full body, a supple texture, and enough acidity to provide vibrancy. It is pure, elegant, and substantial.

Wine Tasting

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