Last night, we got to taste six Double Gold Seattle Wine Award Winners at the Waterfront Grill. Kristen Young, Sommelier at the Waterfront Grill was part of the 2010 Tasting Panel judges for the Seattle Wine Awards.
- 2008 Long Shadows Poet’s Leap, Columbia Valley
- 2009 Kestrel Vintners Falcon Series Sauvignon Blanc Columbia Valley
- 2008 Le Chateau Winery Chardonnay, White Bluffs
- 2008 L’Ecole No 41 Estate “Luminesce,” Seven Hills Vineyard
- 2006 Tulpen “Coalescence Red Blend,” Columbia Valley
- 2006 Woodward Canyon “Estate Red,” Walla Walla
- 2007 Watermill Winery Merlot, Walla Walla
Ed has been lucky enough to drink a lot of Poet’s Leap 2008 Riesling this week. Look for his full review soon! I sampled this lovely wine at Cochon 555on Sunday as well as last night. A pretty pale Riesling with peach and pear notes and refreshing acidity. This wine is ideal for patio sipping or pairing with an elegant dinner.
The Kestrel Vintners 2009 Sauvignon Blanc was a delightful surprise for many of us. Crisp grapefruit notes take center stage with this Washington Sauvignon Blanc with minerality and grassiness as the supporting actors. Crisp and bright, this was a great pairing with the rich Waterfront Grill crab cakes Not quite new world style, not quite old world style this wine has a style of its own.
Le Chateau Winery 2008 Chardonnay is barrel fermented giving it some body in the mouth. It has some butter but it doesn’t overwhelm the fruit. Think of the buttery aspects of a pear tart without the sweetness and you have the idea. A very accessible Chardonnay that won’t turn off the oak averse nor alienate those that want a bit of creaminess to their Chardonnay. Fermented on sur lies in French oak barrels for 10 months gives this wine complexity and body. Butterscotch and nuts add to the fruit aspects of this wine, along with pleasing acidity make this a food friendly wine from entrée to dessert.
L’Ecole No 41 2008 Estate Luminesce White Bordeaux blend is 70% Semillion and 30% Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit forward, this wine explodes with tropical fruit and citrus but is grounded with minerality and pleasing acidity. It reveals layers of flavors as it travels across the tongue. The Another Wine Blog called this wine a “Love Child of California and France.”
Tulpen 2006 Coalescence Red Blend is a red Bordeaux blend, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is presents intense black fruit on the nose and palate. At 14.9% , I found the heat a little distracting but Ed really loved this wine.
Woodward Canyon 2006 Estate Red is a red Bordeaux blend, with Cabernet Franc the primary varietal in this vintage. The blend changes each vintage. Part of what makes this wine unique is that it is fermented in small batches in open containers with wild yeast. This Washington wine is plush with black fruits, vanilla and violet on the nose. On the palate it is smooth, supported by sturdy tannins. This fruit persists through the finish which lingers tantalizingly.
Watermill Winery 2007 Merlot has a gorgeous nose that is reflected on the palate. Great balance of fruit, wood and floral notes on the nose with black berry taking lead. The exquisite balance continues on the palate between alcohol, fruit and tannins. This Washington Merlot is elegant with a velvety mouth feel. Christopher Chan, of the Rainier Club and the man behind the Seattle Wine Awards, described this Merlot as being like the first kiss.
These are just some of the Washington wines that won the prestigious Double Gold at the 2010 Seattle Wine Awards. You can see the complete list of 2010 winners of the Seattle Wine Awards. Better yet, purchase tickets to the Grand Tasting of Seattle Wine Award Winners on June 13th at the beautiful Rainier Club. The Grand Tasting includes the opportunity to taste the award winning wines, savor the buffet prepared by the Rainier Club chef and to mingle with the wine makers. Purchase your tickets before 5/31 to benefit from special pricing.
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