Washington Wine Club – December 2009

2006 Quilceda Creek Red Wine
Ah, Quilceda Creek. The wine has become a local legend and, after several years of perfect scores from Robert Parker, their Cab is one of the most sought after wines in the world. Lucky for all of us, they also produce a red blend (this year, 77% Cab, 10% Cab Franc, 10% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec) that, being made by the same winemakers with the same excellent sources of fruit, is a great introduction to the Quilceda Creek style. It is tasting beautifully now, but it could certainly age for a few more years. Do enjoy it within 5-7 years, with whatever you love to eat that merits a superb wine. Thanks to Quilceda Creek’s generosity, we were able to get enough to put in the club, and there are even a few bottles extra. It is $49.75 and worth every penny.

2007 Syncline Cuvée Elena
While he doesn’t yet have Quilceda Creek’s track record, James Mantone is already, in his mid-thirties, one of Washington’s top winemakers. This gem is a delicious and carefully constructed Southern Rhone style blend of their very best grapes and is the flagship wine for Syncline. The Grenache, from Northridge Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope, provides good acidity and bright strawberry flavors. The rich meatiness and spicy blackberry flavors come from the Mourvedre from Coyote Canyon Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills. Smaller amounts of Carignan, Cinsault and Syrah provide plum, bramble fruits and rich garrigue aromas. While drinking beautifully now, particularly if paired with hearty stews or complex holiday meals, the 2007 Cuvée Elena will age another 8 to 10 years with little trouble.  It’s $35 and we still have a small amount available.