The Taste Washington event is well behind us but the marvelous wines of the State are here and ready to be consumed. This year during the tasting I decided to go for the wines with the higher price tag ($60+), the luxurious and difficult to find otherwise - in certain cases only if you are a member of a wine club.
Of course they were served with amazing food made from local chefs. This year I noticed chefs played more with fresh fish rather than meat and their miniature creations were as tasty in the mouth as pleasing for the eye. Here are some photos for you to share with me with my comments on those amazing wines.
The 2012 Champoux Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend from Horse Heaven Hills at $83 is the perfect Bordeaux blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon. Full-bodied, pure and refined features aromas of black current and sweet dark berries and it is the wine you serve not only to impress but also to indulge.
The 2013 Estate Carménère from Red Mountain at $80 is only available to club members so I am lucky enough to have tasted it. This soft and silky, with black peppercorn aromas is one of a kind wine that will soon sell out.
The 2012 Estate Red Bordeaux blend from Walla Walla at $85 is irresistible. Dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon but blended with Petit Verdot and Merlot, this Bordeaux is full-bodied and balanced. Its silkiness brings also aromas of black and red berries and spices. Not to be missed.
The 2012 Estate Bottled Old Block Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain at $65, is elegant and rich. It has aromas of red fruits and light spices and you will taste the old-vines grapes as well. It is a great wine.
The 2013 GSM Red Rhone Blend from Columbia Valley at $70 is a blend of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvèdre. Its superb color and its complexity with aromas of black berries and strawberry and its tones of licorice - all come together nicely in this full-bodied blend that has a great aging potential.
The 2013 Ruckus Syrah from Red Mountain at $62 is a magnificent Syrah from the Washington State. The style is unique with black fruit and cedar and the 11% of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend makes this wine rich, supple and amazing (89% Syrah).
For more information about the menus and wines click here: http://tastewashington.org/2016-taste-washington-program/