Wine Tasting October 17

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Last week we spent on the road with the dogs in Eastern Washington. Visited a few interesting wineries whose wines we will be ordering and featuring soon–more on that later. We got back on the midnight boat on Friday, imagining a quiet day in the wine shop Saturday.  WRONG! We had lots of visitors, went through two bottles of everything we were pouring, compared to the usual of something less than one bottle of each wine.

It was also one of those days when all the wines were really showing well. The Argiolas vermentino continues to impress me every time I taste it; the Marchetti was strutting its stuff; we ran out of the OS Red (don’t worry, will get more, this is a staple for us) so opened the Townshend T3 red blend (which some people liked even better); and the Alexandra Nicole Quarry Butte was probably the favorite of the day, at least for some people…so it was a good day for Washington reds (yum yum!)!

Here are a few of the revelers:
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Wines for this weekend:

Brooks Amycas ’07   (Oregon)  $15 Aromas of apricots, minerals, white flowers, melons, white peach, lime, and kiwis;  In the mouth, ripe acidity and tremendous minerality;  pure notes of tangerines, honey, and ripe apricots finish of pure stones slathered in lime blossom honey.

Durigutti Bonarda ’06  (Argentina) $9 Juicy notes of blackberry and blueberry, with tinges of tobacco, fig and smoke.

Domaine de Relagnes CdRhone  Vielles Vignes ’05  (France) $13 Earthy old world style syrah/grenache blend with soft briar, cherry, licorice, and tobacco notes, and an open texture that speaks of bread & cheese in summer meadows…

OS syrah Dineen Vineyard ’04   (Washington)   $25 Been sitting on this one for a few years, just now hitting its stride with winemaker Bill Owen’s trademark luscious fruit on both the nose and palette.

Wine Tasting

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