In what will most likely be our good friend/Tramonte rep/DEP’s alum Devon’s final appearance in the Whino’s studio (she may surprise us with one encore visit), she came by with 5 wines to preview, a prelude to her heading off to attend the University of California-Fresno, where she will finally begin her journey toward making wine (as opposed to just selling):
Rive della Chiesa Rose Marca Trevigiana NV. Grade=Outstanding. This elegant pink sparkler is full of strawberry mousse, Maraschino cherries, and creamy meringue undertones. Fizzy verve despite it having been open for a day.
Maryhill Gewurtztraminer Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Soft white peaches, lychee nut, orange blossom and white flowers mix with minerality and well-balanced acidity. A pretty white wine.
Maryhill Winemaker’s Red Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. This Bordeaux-leaning red blend is juicy, but without the overbaked dark fruits you may see in many on the market in its price bracket. Fresh-picked red and black berry fruit aromas and flavors, scents of violets, and hints of mineral, pepper and dusty earth lead into a fresh, well-balanced finish.
David Girard Mourvedre El Dorado 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Dark, brooding purple and blue fruits, smoky vanilla, white pepper, clove, and a bit of marzipan, mocha and pumpernickel. Delicious.
Treasure Hunter Proprietor’s Reserve Carson’s Key Dry Creek Valley 2009. Grade=Average. This red blend is jammy red fruit up front, a bit of blueberry pie in the middle, and finishes with a bit of iodine and raw meat. Kinda lame.