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, December 01, 2008

Two Awesome Wines

Okay, Thanksgiving is over, now we can get back to bigger reds. These or similar wines would be great with holiday roast beef. The 1989 Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron blew us away. This deep red wine smells of cigars and cedar, mushrooms and Mr. Lincoln roses. A big wine, but not jammy, more linear than round, full of blackberry, tobacco, and cedar flavors - Awesome! Beautiful with rack of lamb. In contrast, the 2004 Delille "D2" was somewhat lighter, easier, and more fruit forward, but still an outstanding wine. Fabulous fruit suggests its American origins, but its linear style reminds of France. It was great with a buffalo sirloin steak. Considering that by now there is probably a five to one cost ratio between the two, the "D2" is a "bargain" at about $30. In fact, many Washington reds are great values compared to their Californian and European counterparts. Consider wines from Adam's Bench, Fall Line, Cadence, Note Bene, DeLille and many others as "value" gifts for the season. Not unlike U.S. Savings Bonds, you pay "only", perhaps, $30 for a $60 wine


  • At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Wine Bloke said…

    Nice reviews - will have to keep an eye out for the Chateau Pichon-Longueville Baron.


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