Washington Wine Club – September 2008

2006 Bergevin Lane Vineyards, The Princess Syrah
You have to figure that any wine that puts the winery owners’ daughter on the label isn’t going to suck! This is Bergevin Lane’s second reserve Syrah bottling, named after Jaden, daughter of our friends Annette Bergevin and Amber Lane. As with the 2003 Jaden’s Reserve (note her promotion to princess status), it is incredibly limited—only 200 cases were made from a tiny 7 acre vineyard, but we can get a little more. (Many thanks to Amber and Annette for bringing it to the tasting on August 21.) Our price is $47.50. As those who were at the tasting can attest, it’s a luscious wine, very full-bodied and complex, drinking well now but also promising to develop for another 3-5 years.

2006 Buty Winery, Merlot/Cabernet Franc
Here’s another familiar face in the Washington Club. When our favorite winemakers keep producing fabulous wines and our customers keep raving about them, we just can’t resist. The 2006 release of this perennial favorite is 54% Merlot, giving it a silky smoothness, and 46% Cab Franc, providing soft and perfectly integrated tannins. Like all of Caleb’s wines, the grapes come from incredible vineyards, in this case Conner Lee (source of their wonderful Chardonnay) and the distinctive Champoux Vineyard. Caleb recommends drinking it over the next 5-7 years, and trying it with grilled meats, lamb, or pork. It was $36 but, alas, as usual with Buty, we put all we could get into the club.