Last night was an evening of wine-o festivities and new-found friends. I met Eric Hwang, a social media guy and a Murphy-Goode top-10er, who accompanied me to a fun, private tasting with John Bigelow, owner and winemaker of JM Cellars , and asst. winemaker, Tim. Beautiful grounds coupled with beautiful wines. (More to follow in the next post.)
Then on to the Chateau Ste. Michelle – for the annual Picnic, that kicks off the Auction of Washington Wines extravaganza. It was high on the wet factor and more mild then wild – lots of fun and great to see everyone. I pursued my hunt for new wines to taste and praise and here are a few I found and enjoyed:
• Red Sky, 2005 Sunrise Blend – it’s the breakfast wine, I’m told.
• Ruckus, 2007 Cab Sauv/Merlot Blend – It’s the second label for Corvus Cellars, and admittedly, I’m not familiar with its first. The blend was true to its fruit, not too much of a ruckus causer — nothing offensive, nothing remarkable.
• Chateau Rollat poured a 2008 Cab Franc, which I was assured, is not representative of their best. If it’s not, I’m eager to try what is!!
• Falling Rain Cellars, 2006 Mischief – Nothing small about this wine, coming in at a hefty 15.3%. That’s right. If you’re going for a second glass, drop your keys in the basket. Maybe you’re at a swinger’s party, but more likely, you’re going home in a cab. Wowza!