We are very much looking forward to our weekend. It’s the annual Auction of Washington Wines – several days of good wines and our winemaking friends from all over the state come in to celebrate.
For the past few years, good friends Brian and Laurie Flynn have hosted a Friday night winemaker dinner at their beautiful Capitol Hill home. There are usually one-three winemakers in attendance, and a fantastic local chef who puts together the food pairings. This year, the wines will be Doubleback and Gramercy Cellars, two of our favorites from Washington State, and arguably my wife’s absolute favorites.
Not only are the wines great, but Drew Bledsoe of Doubleback and Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars are also just great guys who clearly love what they do – it should be a good night!
Here are two recent write-ups from tastings of their wines:
2010 Doubleback (Walla Walla – Washington, USA) – Nice dark reddish purple color. Nose of sweet black fruit and a hint of charred oak. On the palate, sweet ripe blackberry/blueberry fruit and a touch of vanilla oak. Very nice persistence in the mouth. A big wine with a long sweet fruit filled finish, but with enough tannin to age gracefully for 10-20 years. There are good things to come for those able to wait another 5 years before opening. (95pts.)
2007 Gramercy Cabernet Sauvignon (Walla Walla – Washington, USA) – Nice dark reddish color. The nose had sweet blackberry and red currants, with a hint of oak. In the mouth, the sweet black and red fruits came through with a lively tang of acid that electrified the taste buds. This wine really got the salivary glands going. The slightly higher acid made this wine a great wine to go with food. The wine had a nice long fruit filled finish, with an acid zip at the end, that makes you want to come back for more. Great wine for the money (94pts.)
Cellar Gems are reviews of bottles aged in our cellar.