2007 Tero Estates, Windrow Vineyard Cabernet
Over the years, Seattle Times wine writer Paul Gregutt has been a pretty good judge of Washington wineries that would do well in our shop. We owe our acquaintance with Animale, Boudreaux, Lost River, and many others to his urging the winemakers to pay us a visit. So, when Doug Roskelley of Tero Estates showed up with his inaugural releases last October, we were prepared to be impressed. And we were! In 2006, Doug and some partners were able to buy Windrow, one of the oldest vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley AVA, on the Oregon side of the border near Milton Freewater. The vineyard was part of the original Seven Hills Vineyard, first planted in 1981, and has provided fruit for many of the top Walla Walla producers, including Leonetti, L’Ecole, and Walla Walla Vintners. This is top Walla Walla Cabernet, big, deep, rich, and powerful. Very aromatic, it has a nice balance of red fruits like strawberry and cranberry with darker fruit like boysenberry and blackberry. It was aged in 90% new French oak, providing characteristic coffee aromas and spicy notes of cinnamon and currants. We’d give it another two to three years to even out the texture and allow the tannins to mellow, and then pair it with the very best steak you can find. It is $55 and still in somewhat decent supply.
2008 Fall Line Winery, Boushey Vineyard Red Wine
One of our favorite people in the wine trade is Tim Sorensen, Jan’s neighbor in North Seattle, former “vintern” at Cadence, dedicated skier and, until recently, a professor of economics at Seattle University. Tim’s wines have been consistently solid since the first vintage in 2003, and seem to get more complex, interesting and polished with every vintage. When Tim came for a tasting earlier in the year, he was gracious enough to bring this unreleased Boushey vineyard blend, which just knocked our socks off. Now that it has been officially released, we are proud to put it in this club. As most of you know, Boushey Vineyard is one of the top vineyards in Washington, and the best wines made from it are known for being soft, rich, and approachable, This blend makes a great case for the quality of Dick Boushey’s fruit, not as big as the Fidelitas blend, but much more affordable at only $28. We’ll leave the details to Robert Parker, of all people, who said this wine “displays an alluring perfume of smoke, herbs, incense, cassis, and black cherry leading to a wine with excellent volume, a smooth texture, and savory flavors. It is likely to evolve for 2-3 years but can be enjoyed now and over the next 8-10.” Amen to that, Bob, and we’ll add only that it will match well with everything from pork to hamburger to the finest steak. Best of all, we can get more of all of Tim’s wines, and we are looking forward to having him pour his wonderful 2008 releases sometime later this year.