BACK IN THE WHINO GROOVE: LIKE I’M STILL IN THE EMERALD CITY

Getting back into the groove, one of the first reps to check into the Whino’s studio was my recent road trip captain, Brother Lou, who dropped in with what else, Washington State wines!

Stonecap Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  A nice amount of stone fruit in both the nose and on the palate, this light-to-medium-bodied white possesses sweet pear, apple and nutmeg with undertones of nectarines, white cinnamon and a touch of vanilla.

Goose Ridge Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  A little more creaminess here and much more baking spice, this Chardonnay is rich with notes of apple tart and crème brulee.  Finishes with rounded edges.

Stonecap Merlot Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Splashy red and black fruits, perfume of violets, hints of cedar, mint, graphite and mineral congeal into a cohesive, satisfying red.

Stonecap Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2009.  Grade=Outstanding.  Surprisingly good, this medium-bodied Cab shows off nice black fruits, baking spices, mineral and good tannic grip.  Finishes juicy and round.

Goose Ridge G3 Red Wine Columbia Valley 2008.  Grade=Outstanding.  This terrific red blend shows off lots of berry fruits, vanilla, mocha and toasted oak highlight this union of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

3 Comments

  • May 19, 2011 - 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Hey I am the assistant winemaker at Goose Ridge and I just wanted to say thanks for reviewing our wines and carrying them at your store. I am pretty excited about our new Stone Cap line and think the wines are an excellent value. I think you nailed the descriptor for the chardonnay and I think it is a great summer wine. The aciditiy in the wine makes it a great food wine but still has enough fruit and balance to drink on its own. I hope your customers try our wine and enjoy it when they do.
    Thanks for the plug and hope business is good, keep selling the vino.

  • May 20, 2011 - 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for droppin’ in Justin. I visited Goose Ridge on the 09 RTWW, and was knocked out by the G3. Brought a bottle back to get my distributor for your wines on board but it was corked. Fast forward to now, and they have it in, this time it rocked. Looking forward to putting this in our customers’ hands. Cheers!

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