Fall Line Does It Again

We finally had an opportunity to taste winemaker Tim Sorenson’s latest releases from Fall Line Winery on the weekend and all we can say is “wow!”

As soon as we arrived for Fall Line’s tasting at Vino Bello, owner Michele Smith gave us both the heads up and the thumbs up about Tim’s 2005 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. And she was absolutely right -the 2005 release is even better than our favorite 2004 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

This wine possesses grace, balance and depth, with aromas of violet, spices, blackberry and licorice. It is a rich blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Boushey Vineyards, Artz Vineyards and Windy Ridge Vineyard. It is very drinkable now and promises even more depth in the months to come. But only 467 cases were produced, and previous vintages sold out quickly, so you have been warned to place your order soon!

Fall Line’s other two Bordeaux-style blends also are worth mentioning, although Tim knows that I’ve always favored his 100% Cab blend.

Fall Line’s 2005 Red Mountain Red Blend is a perfectly-balanced, silky blend of 42% Cab Franc, 29% Merlot and 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, while the 2005 Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend has magnificent depth, with 39% Merlot, 33% Cab Franc and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon.

It also was nice to chat with Tim at Vino Bello. As usual, Tim displayed a charming combination of both humility and confidence in his wines. We also chatted about the description of Fall Line Winery in Steve Roberts’ Wine Trails of Washington guide. Steve discovered that Tim is probably the only winemaker in Washington state who has a PhD from Harvard. We know that Tim is a professor of economics at Seattle University (when he isn’t making wine), but we had no idea about his Harvard roots.

We seem to learn something new at Vino Bello every time we visit.