Washington Wine Club – March 2010

2006 Bergevin Lane Vineyards, Intuition Reserve, Columbia Valley
We’ve always loved the wines of Walla Walla’s Bergevin Lane, owned by our friends Annette Bergevin and Amber Lane. When they started the winery, they chose to wait three years before even attempting to make a reserve wine, and their patience has been rewarded. For the fourth consecutive vintage, we’ve been able to offer this wine, always a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and a bit of Merlot, to Washington Wine Club members. This year’s edition is particularly crisp, featuring a core of wonderful dark fruits, with additional layers of cedar, cigar box, and lavender and an exceptionally long finish. Vibrant, youthful, and racy now, it will develop increasing complexity over the next five to seven years. Decant it and enjoy it with pork tenderloin in a Dijon mustard sauce. It costs $55 and is in very good supply.

2007 Januik, Weinbau Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Mike Januik is one of the true masters of Washington wine, from his days as the head of fine wines for Chateau Ste. Michelle to his current stewardship of Januik and Novelty Hill. And he has always been on the cutting edge; as far as we know, he was the first Washington winemaker to make a wine from 100% Petit Verdot. Now he joins a small group of Washington winemakers (Ben Smith and Jon Bell are the others we know about) exploring the possibilities of single-vineyard Cabernet Franc. He sourced this wine from one of the oldest Washington vineyards, Weinbau on the Wahluke Slope near Mattawa. Mike views the fine silty loam soils and moderate temperatures of Weinbau Vineyard as a perfect match for Cab Franc. (The wine also has 10% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Sauvignon added for balance.) Aging in new French oak barrels for 20 months brings out the fine tannins and gives the wine a long, pleasant finish. It’s dark and rich, with violets on the nose and warm blueberry and vanilla flavors. Enjoy it with a grilled steak topped with blue cheese. It’s $34, ready to drink and in good supply.