In celebration of a road trip to Spokane for beer and wine, Sean Sullivan, Washington Wine Report, decided to do his virtual tasting with Townshend Cellars Vortex Red.

The nose when first opened is shows some of its age in the nose with a bit of concentrated red fruit, dusty cellar floor and licorice. This wine opens up and evolves  as it opens up. An hour into the virtual tasting, I start getting some wood notes, especially some lightly toasted marshmallow.  That roasted marshmallow smell just before it gets charred.

I get a lot of tart and bright pomegranate fruit on the palate. It has tannins that play hide and seek until mid-palate then those tannins camp out on your teeth and gums for a long time.  Those characteristics make me think that this red wine might actually be a salad wine. Sean thought it improved a bit with a roasted beet salad that I had made  for the road. Via Twitter, @NancyFeasts suggested a radicchio  or tabbouleh salad. I think those would be worth trying with this wine.

What others said…


#wawine I can feel the effects of the tannin on my teeth even after the flavors fade. interesting…

@yakyakwine #wawine @wawinereport agree pencil on finish. A little Wa merlot mint too > I agree; pretty minty even on the nose


RT @wawinereport: Real bite on the mid-palate. #WAwine **Agreed.


@nectarwine Funk? I didn’t really get it. Unless you’re talking 70’s funk. 🙂 #wawine