What a wonderful “Woodhouse Wine Weekend” this has been! The experience began on Friday night. After working very late, we opened a bottle of Kennedy Shah 2005 Merlot from Woodhouse Family Cellars in Woodinville. It was so amazing that we easily polished off the bottle.
Winemaker Tom Campbell really scored with this smooth wine. Here are his tasting notes: A medium weight Merlot with raspberries, blueberries, smoky earth and spice on the nose and palate. Bright acidity supports the fruit through the palate and into the finish. The wine will find natural pairings with many foods from earthy vegetarian dishes to meat based dishes with beef or pork.”
My “Woodhouse Wine Weekend” continued on Saturday. I stopped by Woodhouse Family Cellars to say hello to owner Bijal Shah, and there was Tom himself, crafting some old-world style blends in the barrel room.
I sat down with both of them, heard some fascinating stories and tasted some incredible wines. The tasting room was very busy on Saturday, despite a downpour and threats of snow!
I’ve written several posts in the past about Woodhouse Family Cellars, and I’m still as passionate, if not more so, about these fine Washington state wines.
I highly recommend that you stop by the winery, which features a tasting bar, barrel room and organic garden. If you’re lucky, Bijal will be pouring that day, and will tell you the unusal stories behind each of the winery’s five labels. In the meantime, you can read about them on the Woodhouse Family Cellars’ Web site.