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Hills Syrah Wahluke 04
Points from Wine Spectator
makes small amounts of wine from their Estate
vineyard outside East Wenatchee, Washington.
It's some of the best wine for
the price in Washington State. Mike
Wade, owner and longtime Wenatchee farmer,
has a knack for big reds, and the prices remain
reasonable. You get a lot for your dollar,
and the wines are both crowd-pleasers and worthy
of serious consideration by collectors.
Hills Syrah Wahluke Slope 04 $28.75/$31.95
"Fielding Hills, a modestly sized winery
on the remote Wahluke Slope of the Columbia Valley,
has emerged as a Washington leader for generous,
polished and distinctive wines like this. A blast
of black cherry and roasted game bird flavors
wrap themselves in a warm blanket of fuzzy tannins
that make the wine feel almost cuddly as it lingers
effortlessly. Drink now through 2014.—H.S."
Spec Insider Online Newsletter 11-29-06
favorite of the 2004 Fielding Hills wines is
the Merlot (described below), with
this Syrah a very close second. It's concentrated
and offers layers of many different variations
on the basic themes of black fruit, spice,
white flowers, and smoke.
The nose --
is intense, with perfumed black plum, blackberry,
and black cherry dominant, and an undercurrent
of white flowers and lilacs.
Flavors -- are
of black plum, black cherry,
blackberry, and black raspberry, with an appealing
sweetness, a continuing sense of a floral
component, and a hint of smoke The texture
is lush, viscous, and rich.
80% Syrah, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 1%
Merlot from the winery's Estate vineyard.
Fielding Hills Merlot 04 $28.75/$31.95
Avalon's favorite of the Fielding wines
Fielding takes Merlot to a different, better
place with this offering. This is not your
typical American Merlot. Mike Wade has quite
a knack with this often overlooked grape.
We think enough of this wine to send it to
our Northwest Big Reds Club this month. Mike
says this Merlot, and his Syrah (above),
are his two favorites of his 2004 vintage wines.
is intensely perfumed, with blackberry
flowers, black fruit scents, sweet vanilla,
and hints of toasty smoke.
The flavors -- are ripe, super sweet and lush,
with black cherry, blackberry, and cassis dominating.
The wine has great balance, quite impressive,
matching the intense fruit with equally potent
uplifting acidity and totally seamless tannins.
The finish --
is long and full of more black fruit flavors,
with white pepper, sweet oak toast, and silky,
Hills River Bend Red 04 $25.16/$27.95
points, Wine Enthusiast
Seattle Times says: " How
to pick one, when all of the new Fielding Hills
releases are so beautifully crafted? Try this
red blend; it has great color, plush aromas
and mouth feel and sets up in the mouth with
intense, varied flavors including blackberry,
black cherry, black licorice. The young berry
fruit scents are sensational, wrapped tight
and the oak is gently applied and lends a pleasing
milk-chocolate smoothness to the finish. Acrobatic
balance and gorgeous fruit." - Paul Gregutt
says: This vintage of the
River Bend Red blend from Fielding's Estate
Vineyard shows a unique combination of
juicy fruit, big oak, and hints of pomegranate,
tar, licorice, and toast.
The nose -- is of perfumed black cherry, cassis,
candied fruit, and black cherry.
The flavors -- are positively lush, with HUGE
toasty vanilla, black cherry, hints of pencil
lead, and big sweet smokiness.
The finish --
is long, long, long, with big toasty oak, black
cherry, and firm tannins. It's both rich and
structured in character.
The blend -- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot,
17% Syrah, & 1% Cabernet
Fielding Hills Cabernet Franc
crowd pleasing and rare. Made with Estate fruit from
Fielding's River bend Vineyard. The wine is 76% Cabernet
Franc, 8% Syrah, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, & 8% Merlot.
It was aged in 76% new oak barrels for 19 months.
The barrels were a mix of American and French
28 cases were made."
Avalon says: Tiny amounts of
this wine are made, and they disappear quickly,
as the wine has a local following.
The nose -- is restrained, with black fruit and
berry scents prevailing.
The flavors -- are intensely sweet and spicy,
with big fruit moderated by exotic tropical fruit
hints and Cab Franc's often characteristic pencil
lead and white pepper notes.
The finish -- has tannins that are still gripping
in Nov 2006, and dominate this still young wine.
Thanks a lot for your support, your orders keep us in business and we appreciate them.
Jean, Marcus, Chris, Wendy, and
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Corvallis OR 97333
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