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

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Wine Notes

2006 Laxas Albarino - This fresh white from the Rias Baixas area of the Galicia region in northwest Spain is certainly no Laxas monster. In fact, it is delightfully crisp, sort like a very good Muscadet, but with good body and hints of fruit. Refreshing by itself or great with oysters, fish, seafood, or chicken.

2004 Pepper Bridge Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Great fruity nose and raspberry flavors. Very drinkable now. Has the characteristic softness of Columbia Valley grapes. Made in lieu of Walla Walla Cab, since there were few grapes from Walla Walla in 2004 due to a major winter frost.

2003 Pepper Bridge Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon - Great color, phenomenal nose, needs at least two years of ageing. Big, lots of backbone, typical Walla Walla grapes.

2002 Pepper Bridge Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon - Deep garnet, toasty nose, smooth, but still tannic. Needs at least two more years. Beautiful wine.

1989 Chasse Spleen - Great Bordeaux from a Cru Bourgeois, this wine took a little time to open up. Mahogany red, complex nose, soft subtle black fruit flavors. Definitely an older wine taste, but still kickin'.

2003 Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay - Still the best buy Chardonnay in the world and available at almost any gas station!

2004 Callaghan Buena Suerte - Fairly light red, good flavors, somewhat astringent finish. Once again, a wine that was at its best young. The fruit is fading. Could this have anything to do with the screwcap?

3 Comments:

  • At 10:04 AM, Blogger Fozz said…

    I'm still drinking the 1986 Chasse-Spleen. Still fine but not as good as the 1985. Feel Chasse-Spleen has gone a bit downhill since 2000. I've swapped to Haut Bage Liberal from the same stable.

    BigFozz

     
  • At 5:19 PM, Blogger SeattleWineBlog said…

    Fozz,thanks for your useful and interesting comment. The '89 has drunk well all along from it's earliest infancy to now. Glad I don't have any post-2000s in my cellar. Gene

     
  • At 1:13 AM, Anonymous bare foot wine said…

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