Washington Wine Club – October 2008

2005 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 424 blend have consistently sold out on the day of release. Fortunately, Tim saved for us a couple of cases of the third release of this reserve wine, sourced this year from the acclaimed Sheridan and DuBrul vineyards in the Yakima Valley. It’s powerful and intense, and definitely “masculine” in style (the XY refers to chromosomes, not some mysterious code.) This year’s version is probably the most elegant wine Tim has made, not a surprise given the quality of both the vintage and the DuBrul fruit. A classic wine for a big juicy steak, it’s ready to drink, but will continue to develop depth and complexity over the next five years. We have only a tiny bit more at $42, but we will be getting in soon Tim’s delightful and equally powerful Black Tongue Syrah.

2006 Balboa Winery, Mith
Now here’s a wine we have wanted to put in the club ever since its first release five years ago, but it was only available in tiny amounts. This tasty Cabernet-Syrah blend had been mostly limited to Balboa Winery club members. The wine is made by Tom Glase, the winemaker at Beresan, who founded Balboa Winery to make inexpensive yet elegant, ready-to-drink Washington wines from up and coming new vineyards. Enjoy it over the next couple of years with barbecue ribs. It is $39.75, and we can actually get a bit more this year!