Notes on 5 Wines from our Wine Club Meeting

Yesterday we had our quarterly wine club meeting. We decided to explore the wines of Washington. Known for having some delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Riesling, they have also been getting more well known for their Syrah. Let’s not forgot they also make some tasty Chardonnay at very reasonable prices. Everyone brings some food so we started off with some cheese and crackers. We followed that up with homemade Ravioli and sauce. For meats we had some smoked pork ribs and duck.  On to the first wine!

Wine 1 – 2009 Hedges Red Mountain Red Blend

A blend of predominately Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this had a nice nose of cherry, red currant and a touch of smoke. On the palate I got some more smoke, dark cherry and blackberry. Had a decent 20 second finish. This actually won Wine of the Night and I gave it 90 points.

Wine 2 – 2007 Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red Wine

I brought this and I decanted it 3 hours before the tasting. This wine is predominately Cabernet Sauvginon. At first the nose on this was a little muted with cherry, leather and earth. When I went back for a re-taste it started show more. I got flavors of cherry, mocha, black currant and earth. Ended with a nice 30 second finish. I have to say I have had this wine twice and both times left me expecting more. It was my favorite wine of the night but I guess I have lofty expectations for Quilceda Creek. I gave this 91 points.

Wine 3 – 2008 For A Song Merlot The Score

This nose had aromas of boysenberry and wild cherry. On the palate, this had flavors of cherry, and black raspberry. This wine to me was a tad strange because it started of decent on the attack but really died after about 10 seconds. I gave it 88 points.

Wine 4 – 2009 Waterbrook Merlot Reserve

This wine appeared on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2012. I got more cherry and boysenberry on the nose of this. It was amazing how pronounced the cherry aromas were throughout the four red wines. This had more cherry on the palate with earth and a decent finish. I gave this 89 points. Tasted this again on night 2 and it really improved! Would have been my wine of the night! 92 points on night 2.

Wine 5 – 2010 Novelty Hill Chardonnay Stillwater Creek Vineyard

I liked this wine when we tasted it blind but I think I was even more impressed with it once the bag came off. I got a lot of mineral and slate on the nose of this one. The mineral theme continued on the palate with some citrus and slate as well. I was shocked when it was unveiled because I never had a Chardonnay from Washington that had this much minerality. I really thought it was a dry riesling. I gave this 90 points.

We ended the night with some nice pastries a member brought from New Haven.