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Sparkman Cellars Ruby Leigh Red 2010


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Sparkman Cellars


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The 2010 vintage has a nose of violets, chocolate, cassis and French vanilla. Flavors include black cherry and mocha. The texture is supple and rich and this wine will continue to evolve for several years.

2009 Vintage Tasting Notes

The 09 vintage is a blend of Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Malbec (10%). Aromas of sweet vanilla, smoke, violets, candied roses, chocolate, mint and cassis. Flavors of black cherry, spice, mocha and a hint of tobacco mingle and form a toasty oak and cigar box finish.

Named after our youngest daughter, Ruby Leigh is a blend of Merlot from Hedges North Block and Klipsun, Cabernet Sauvignon from Klipsun and Cabernet Franc from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard and Petit Verdot from Stillwater Creek Vineyard. Pure elegance, the nose is all violets, sweet vanilla, candied roses, mint, chocolate, and cassis. On the palate black cherry, mocha and tobacco lead to a toasty oak and cigar box finish. Soft, fine tannins underpin a rich, seductive mouth feel and silky texture. - the winery

A Seattle transplant, Chris was born and raised on the east coast, and still sports a southern accent from his Nashville roots. First in Washington DC and New Orleans, then in Seattle, he was a sommelier and wine buyer at great restaurants, ending up at Seattle's Waterfront Grill as general manager for six years.

Chris's experience with Washington wines, getting to know vintners who visited the Grill and tasting all those lovely bottles, gave him the winemaking bug. Combined with a much-needed mid-life change of priorities, he gradually shifted over to a career as a fulltime winemaker - via our friend Mark McNeilly, the generous owner of Mark Ryan. Mark McNeilly has helped several talented winemakers in Woodinville's warehouse row to get started - and Chris has been one of the most successful.

For his first vintages, Chris made wine with Mark at the Mark Ryan warehouse space, moving into his own space for his 2007 wines. In the tradition of his friends up and down the row, Chris has successfully hunted down and grabbed some first-class grapes from Yakima and Walla Walla Valley vineyards. His wines are big and bold, and he's coming into his own style, big yet refined, you might even call it European, with his zest for life showing through.