Under $20 reds from the
Northwest that offer outstanding value -- Perfect
for summer entertaining, barbequing, filling
your cellar at bargain prices.
Viento Syrah Cuvee
"R" 03 $17.77/$19.75
Wine Spectator 90 points "Rich
and generous, with a lively balance of just
enough acidity to keep the smoky plum and cherry
flavors rolling through the long, peppery finish.
Drink now through 2010. 150 cases made." (HS)
The Cuvee R is a juicy, toasty
Syrah with delighful but subtle hints of floral
Viognier in the scent. Earthy, exotic spices,
smoke, and nice toasty, sweet oak add complexity
to the dominant lush, black cherry and berry
fruit in the nose and the mouth. It's a blend
of five Columbia Valley vineyards' fruit. The
vintage was very good, Rich knows how to work
with Syrah fruit, and the result is another
year of great value Syrah. . -jy
With so many Washington Syrahs
selling for $30 and up, this wine is such a
deal! The 2002 vintage received the rare "three
clusters" rating from Northwest
Palate. Less than 100 cases left, we have good
supply of this instant sell-out.
& Sullivan's O-S Wine "Red Wine" 04 $18.86/$20.95
Wine Press NW "Outstanding" Summer
with fruit from Champoux, Sheridan, Meek & Ciel
du Cheval Vineyards, this is the "press" wine
left after his highend monster reds are made.
An exceptional value, Bill says "it's his best
Flavors are of black cherry and dusty
dried red cherry, with hints of spice. While
tannins are soft and approachable, they are there
in proper balance, as is a racy acidity that
makes this richly slurpable wine good with food.
Bill's love of the rich aromatics of Cab Franc
show in the meaty, smoky oak notes that peek out
from the big cherry fruit in the scent and flavor.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc,
with maybe a bit of Syrah in there as well.
Andrew Rich Cabernet Franc
One of the best under $20 Cab Francs we've
ever had. From a very warm summer, super ripe
fruit and good winemaking resulted in a really
lush Cab Franc that shows off how much fun
this grape's wine can be.
Pleasing when first released, this Cab Franc
has taken on weight and richness with time
in the bottle.An intense nose of
floral, black fruit, and meaty/smoky notes
is followed by concentrated flavors . Black
cherry, black raspberry, and blueberry intermingle
with sweet clove and cinnamon spice, white
pepper, and meaty, chewy rich bass notes in
the mid-palate and finish. A real crowdpleaser,
with enough structure to face up to a T-bone
or NY Strip steak.
Andrew says: " On the nose
at least you could mistake this for a very
ripe Chinon: it's got that spicy-wild-berry-hint-of-tobacco-thang
goin' on. Having spent 10 months in old oak
and over a year now in bottle, the wine has
become quite supple and round, and like the
best Loire Valley Francs, just plain delicious."
Harmonia Hyperion Syrah
When a new winemaker comes over to the store
to visit, we're always interested - and when
the wines are as good as Michael Beckley's,
we jump up and down with happiness (after he
leaves, and only in the back of the store where
no one else can see us). It's so pleasant to
find a new up-and-comer, a winemaker who's
producing lovely wines at reasonable prices
and making winemaking his life. Michael has
three tiny production wines, a Pinot noir that
we think enough of to send to our Reserve Pinot
noir Club, a lovely rich Chardonnay called
Theia, and a big, concentrated, Syrah, called
Hyperion is another winner
from garagiste Michael - there are juicy, lush
flavors of classic black cherry, roasted meat,
toasted coffee bean, and black currant, with
a nice streak of acidity to keep the wine fresh
tasting, anda pleasant finish. It's
a Syrah comparable to many higher profile Syrahs
at almost twice the price.
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