What is Our Destiny?

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As 2008 winds down, our destiny comes from Alexandria Nicole Cellars. That would be 2006 Destiny, a premium blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (14%), Cab Franc (11%), Petit Verdot (6%) and Malbec (3%).

Winemaker Jarrod Boyle produced only 225 bottles of this amazing blend of grapes from Destiny Ridge Vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills. And, in recognition of the skills needed to plant, harvest and sort the grapes, each bottle honors the vineyard crew with the signature of their foreman, Jose Luis Yanez.

This honor is made with the typical class we have come to know in both Jarrod and his wife Ali. In the last couple of years, we’ve been fortunate to get to know them, along with Vida and Kathy from the wine club and tasting rooms in Woodinville and Prosser.

So here’s to Destiny!

Cheers!

Here’s to Fine Wine in 2009!

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Happy 2009 to my family, friends and regular readers of this blog — I wish you all a year full of good health and much fine wine! What are you drinking to bring in the new year?

For us, it’s the luscious 2002 Darighe Proprietor’s Blend from Woodhouse Family Cellars. This is an exquisite old-world wine with a Washington finesse. With its deep garnet hue, this is a fine Bordeaux-style blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 13% Malbec and 13% Petit Verdot.

According to the tasting notes: “On the nose, the new French oak imparts rich spicy notes of vanilla, clove, nutmeg, anise and cedar, which support a complex fruit core of ripe plums, black cherries, cassis, minerals and wet earth. On the palate, the wine enters round and sweet, quickly broadening to incorporate the ripe fruit flavors of plums, black cherries, earth, cassis and vanilla, as well as the dense tannic structure that is a hallmark of Darighe. The fruit flavors and spiced vanilla notes mingle in the lengthy finish.

Happy New Year!

Cheers!