Washington Wine Club – December 2007

2004 Stevens, XY Yakima Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
In the last few years, Tim Stevens’ wines have become incredibly popular — this wine and the latest vintage of his elegant 424 blend have sold out on the day of release. Fortunately, Tim saved for us a couple of cases of the second release of this reserve wine, sourced this year from Sheridan and Dineen vineyards in the Yakima Valley (also used for the 424). It’s powerful and intense, and definitely “masculine” in style (the XY refers to chromosomes, not some mysterious code.) A classic wine for a big juicy steak, it will continue to develop over the next five years. We have only a tiny bit more at $41.50, but we do have quite a bit left of Tim’s delightful and equally powerful Black Tongue Syrah.

2005 Walla Walla Vintners, Bello Rosso Columbia Valley
Myles Anderson and Gordy Venneri have been making outstanding wines since their start in 1995; wines so outstanding that Walla Walla Vintners was called “Baby Leonetti” in the early days of the Walla Walla wine renaissance (according to a nice history recently published in the Seattle Times by our friend Paul Gregutt.) This is their first try at making a Sangiovese-Cabernet blend, and their model was not the big “Super-Tuscans,” but rather the earthy wines of Umbria, with their strong aromas and flavors of mushrooms, olives, and roasted eggplant. Soft and ready to drink, it would be perfect with such traditional Italian dishes as porcini mushrooms with black truffles or tagliatelle with cream. Since only 247 cases were made, we have no more available. It was $34.50.