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.