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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

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Walla Walla Winey III - Trust Cellars

When I first saw a sign for this winery, I thought it was for a land trust and it never occurred to me that it was a winery. I only got here after Trey Busch recommended it. "Trust me!," Steve said to Brenda or whatever his wife's name is and that was the beginning of Trust winery. Steve Brooks and his wife are refugees from the corporate media world of Atlanta, Georgia. So far Steve has made three wines - a Riesling, a Rose and a Syrah. The 2006 Columbia Valley Riesling is a well made solid wine in an almost dry style. The 2006 Cabernet Franc Columbia Valley Rose is also well made and typical of most Washington State Rose, but not as dry as I like it. Steve says that if his 2005 Columbia Valley Syrah were a book, it would be called "Heart of Darkness." It is indeed dark and deep and big, but it is not lush and round like so many Walla Walla Syrahs. It definitely not a fruitbomb. In fact, it is made in an odd style. Big and deep (14.2% alcohol), but kind of flat in shape and sort one or two dimensional. All these wines are great first efforts and it appears that Trust is off to a good start.


  • At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Steve's wife is Lori, not Brenda or whatever.

  • At 10:53 AM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Sorry, Lori, no offense intended. The reference to Brenda was meant to allude to he Brenda Starr comic strip.

  • At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Our favorite winery of our recent trip, his new Ice wine is fantastic!!

  • At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Trust was the clear favorite in our recent walla walla trip. Best wishes to Steve and his wife this upcoming year!

    PS try the ice wine it is simply AMAZING

  • At 7:28 AM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Thanks for your comment.

  • At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this is steve's neice sabrina!
    and he's amazing! :)

  • At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Cab Sauv '06 was amazing and our fav Cab from the region on our recent trip


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