Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Walla Walla Winery V - Tertulia Cellars
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Walla Walla Winery IV - Balboa Winery
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Walla Walla Winey III - Trust Cellars
Monday, July 23, 2007
Walla Walla Winery II - Sleight Of Hand
Friday, July 20, 2007
Walla Walla Winery I - Isenhower Cellars
Saturday, July 14, 2007
East Meets West
Catie wrote about growing up in Walla Walla. I grew up in New York City. The only thing I knew about small towns and farms was from the first grade readers that pretended that all of America was rural and that city kids didn't exist. When I moved from New York to Minneapolis, I thought it was a small town. When I moved to Seattle, I thought it was a small town. When I visited Walla Walla , I didn't think it was a small town because of all the sophisticated wine and food people I met. Even though worldwide, grape-growing and winemaking are typically rural endeavors (except for factory wines), wine people share a "citizen of the world" kind of camaraderie based the joy and pleasures of the grape. This certainly was true of Catie and the the gang of four palates from the West.
Apparently, some Walla Walla folks are afraid their town will get bent like Bend, Oregon. Not too likely, if Walla Walla continues to meld East & West - the best of rural Eastern Washington and the best of urban Western Washington. In contrast to Bend, Walla Walla has made an effort to preserve it's historic buildings. In fact, some wineries have played a role by placing tasting rooms in historic buildings. Forgeron has an entire winery in an old forge. If Walla Walla spends the money in all those main street banks wisely "they" can create the best of all possible worlds. Perhaps "Fusion" will be the next new winery in Walla Walla. Thanks, Catie, for a great visit and a new perspective on Walla Walla.
Friday, July 13, 2007
New Crop - Ten New Walla Walla Wineries
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The 2001 Godspeed Chardonnay is finally up to speed. Larry Stricker and his son, the mountain men from one of my first posts have a north facing vineyard on Mt Veeder. They make wines to age, with a slightly European character. This Chard has come into its own. Dry, steely, stony, like a Chablis or Pouilly Fuisse. Here's a California rarity - a white that needs to be laid down in a cellar for several years.
2004 Covey Run Chardonnay - Tasted from a half bottle, it still could use a few more months of age to bring it together. Medium bodied, but still not quite integrated, this wine is on sale at Grocery Outlet for less than $5/half bottle. A great value at this price.
2094 Marcillac "Lo Sang del Pais" (The Blood of the Country) from Domaine du Cros is imported by Wine Traditions of Falls Church, Va. Wine Traditions specializes in obscure wines from the Southwest of France such as Irouleguy and Gailliac . The reds are wonderful wines and since they are still obscure the price is right. The Marcillac ( Mar-ci-ak) tastes like a very good Sangria without the sugar and citrus added. Truly an excellent summer wine.
2006 Edna Valley Chardonnay - Just not as good as previous vintages. Tart green apples predominate to the exclusion of the usual stoniness which usually accompanies typical California "tropical fruit and Vanilla." Not the usual "best buy " this year.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Walla Walla Continued
So I've been drinking more than I've been writing. Look for wine notes interspersed with posts on our visit to Walla Walla. I think we left off at Elmer's in Walla Walla. I vaguely remember writing about L'Ecole. Frankly, much as I have loved L'Ecole wines in the past, I've been disappointed by the last two vintages. Even the Apogee replacement, Ferguson, was disappointing after starting off with an incredibly appealing and complex nose. Apogee wasn't made in 2004, since the 2004 Walla Walla grapes that traditionally go into it were damaged by frost. The Ferguson was put together from grapes sourced in the Columbia Valley. Let us hope that L'Ecole has already reached its perigee and is back on the ascent. Reininger, also, hasn't seemed up to par since moving from the airport to a brand new facility on highway 12 on the way into town from the Tri-Cities. And while I am at it, Beresan was somewhat disappointing this year, too. Ash Hollow wines were average. Skylite winery which has an interesting farm family history and a kinky marketing story about Hinie, needs to elevate their wines from the family farm level. We thought that prices seemed to be rising and quality declining. Could it be hat succcess ha sgone to their heads.What were the highlights? Cougar Crest, Amaurice, Pepper Bridge, Sleight of Hand, Forgeron and ten new Walla Walla wineries. Look for upcoming posts on ten new Walla Walla wineries and on Walla Walla restaurants.