Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, July 24, 2006

Even Working Girls Get The Blues

I don't know if Sara got the Blues, maybe she's just a rolling stone. Sara moved on from Olympic Cellars to start Harbinger Winery. Sara Gagnon is my kind of gal - the real thing, straightforward, honest, a native of the Port Angeles area where her winery is located only a few miles from the family homestead. When Sara was winemaker at Olympic Winery, she made Working Girl wines. Now she does all the work herself. Before that she worked as a claims adjuster and before that she started her own expresso business.

Dynamo Red is a great red table wine made from 45% Syrah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 5% Sangiovese - sort of a super-super Tuscan Rhone. A great food wine, it works on it's own, too ($15). The Dynamo White has a beautiful nose - floral Reisling and classic Sauvignon Blanc grassiness. It is made from 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Chardonnay, 20% Riesling. The aromatic nose is followed by a dry crisp invigorating wine that would go well with spicy food. The 2005 Cabernet Franc Rose has good body for a rose with strawberry and pineapple flavors. It's a lovely Rose which reminds me of a Rose from the Loire Valley. I only wish it were a little drier.

It's worth the drive to visit Harbinger and certainly a must stop on your way around the peninsula. Let us hope that it will be a harbinger of even better things to come.


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