June 3rd was a time to celebrate Washington Wine. All over the country; wine lovers gathered around their kitchen tables, in winery tasting rooms or at their favorite wine bar to enjoy Washington wines. The Local Vine invited Small Lot Co-Op to pour wines from their portfolio.
- Kana Winery Dark Star 2005 (Rhone red blend)
- Lodmell Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2008
- Morrison Lane Winery Carmenere 2005
- Smasne Cellars Konner Ray 2008 (White blend)
This event was more low key than the #WAMerlot event that we co-sponsored with Washington Wine Report at The Local Vine in April. Sun beams in Seattle can be distracting but the wine geeks were there to relax and enjoy the wines.
Seattle Underground Winos were there to sample the Washington wines and pay tribute to The Local Vine, before they have to give up their lease next month. You can read Antoine Pinn’s (Underground Wino) review of the wine and the event. We were double booked that night (look for Ed’s post soon) so we will limit our review to the whites.
The Lodmell Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is a lovely light golden color. This Washington Sauvignon Blanc is smooth grapefruit, grounded with minerality and enhanced by grassy meadows. Well balanced with crisp acidity, this wine is sophisticated but not too pretentious for a patio sipper.
Smasne Cellars Konner Ray white blend has been garnering a lot of buzz lately. This Washington white wine blend won double gold at the 2010 Seattle Wine Awards and was just coming off winning silver at the Rosé Revival. Floral and fruit on the nose with a medium body. We have noticed some bottle variations in this wine over the four times that we have sampled this wine, particularly in the mouth feel.