Dr. Gonzo dropped in last #WineWednesday for what was to be a MegaTastingDay with old friend and brand new regional Ste. Michelle rep Marcus Brinkerhof, to wheel-and-deal for the dreaded EOM (that’s End of Month for all you laymen and women out there):
Columbia Crest Pinot Gris Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Showing off some nice stone fruit and mineral notes. Rounded finish. Very nice.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding. Key lime, golden cherries, a bit of mineral and mint, with a dry and balanced finish.
Columbia Crest Chardonnay Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Creamy stone fruit, a hint of nectarine, some buttered brioche and vanilla undertones. A real crowdpleaser.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. Quite different from its aforementioned cousin. Much more elegant display of apples, pears, and slight butterscotch underpinnings, finishing soft and
Chateau Ste. Michelle-Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. A gorgeous, medium-dry Riesling with beautiful stone fruit notes and amazing balance. Lovely.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. The benchmark of American Riesling, this hits all the high points and leaves any low points out of mind. An incredible value all-around.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling Harvest Select Columbia Valley 2010. Grade=Outstanding. A sweeter version of their flagship wine, this white displays some Key lime, mineral and sweet apple characters.
Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Two Vines Columbia Valley 2009. Grade=Outstanding+. A ridiculously-priced red, this stunning value has a lot of weight and body to it; black and red berry fruits, baking spices and a profound sense of varietal identity for a $7 wine.
Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Outstanding. Medium-to-full-bodied with nice dark cherry and blackberry notes, spices, vanilla and hints of mocha.
Columbia Crest Merlot Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2007. Grade=Outstanding+. A great example of why I say Washington is the ideal place in the States for Merlot. Big, rich, and full of dark plums, cherries, cedar and smoky spices. A great value!
Columbia Crest Amitage Grand Estates Columbia Valley 2008. Grade=Amazing. A great little blend from Washington State – the king of blended wines. Mostly Merlot and Syrah, this bold, fruit-driven wine is both balanced and
crowdpleasing. Overperforms for the money.