Wine Rocks joined in the national #WAWine event on June 3rd in its own inimitable style. Hosted by Tera Shimada & Jess Affolter of Sixth Avenue Wine Sellers, this tweet up featured some of the outstanding winners of the Seattle Wine Awards. I was lucky to try a few of these wines. One that I had not tried before was the 2007 Grand Reve Vintners Collaboration III Series Syrah. This wine had the deep purple typical of syrahs and gave me hints of currant in the aroma. It was dates, figs and cassis on the palate and had a nice finish with hints of licorice. This Washington Syrah won a gold medal in the $35.01 and up category.
Another wine that I thoroughly enjoyed was the 2008 Smasne Cellars Konner Ray White out of Yakima Valley. This lovely wine won a double gold in the White Proprietary Blend $20.00 and under category. It is a blend of aligote, viognier, chardonnay and muscat. I had tried this wine earlier in the evening at another venue but it tasted much different later at this event. Luckily Robert Smasne was pouring this wine later at the Wine Rocks event. A very personable and talented winemaker with a great wine education. Go WSU!
A few other of the wines I tasted and thought were excellent prior to Wine Rocks, was 2009 Alexandria Nicole Cellars Roussanne and Northwest Totem Cellars gold medal winning Cabernet Franc. Mike Sharadin, Northwest Totem Cellars wine maker, also had me try his soon-to-be-released Cabernet Sauvignon that was delicious and is going to show some great promise in aging. Finally, Nancy seduced me into finishing the tweet up with Northwest Totem Cellars Late Harvest Viognier. I give this wine the full Lenny Rede “Deeeelicious!” It is the ultimate desert wine with all the appeal of a nectar but without the cloying, syrup-like quality that some desert wines have.
I can’t wait to try these and other award winning wines at the Seattle Wine Awards on June 13th.