Are you going to the Seattle Food & Wine Experience today? It starts at 1 p.m. at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. There will be more than 1,000 wines from 10 different countries, including 25 Washington wineries, 12 Oregon wineries and 45 California and International wineries.
We saved our bottle of 2004 Howell Mountain (Napa Valley) Cabernet Sauvignon from Goosecross Cellars for a rainy but special day. A rainy day isn’t hard to find in Seattle. As for special, we decided the time had come as our mini-vacation wound down a few weeks ago. So we opened this special luscious Cab to accompany our savoury roast beef dinner.
And oh did we savour this wine! Howell Mountain Cab from Goosecross Cellars is deep, rich and elegant, with concentrated flavors, firm structure and complex – a wonderful wine to sip on its own but even better when paired with roast beef. From the tasting notes:
“Tremendous depth and complexity. Rich, deep and dark, our Howell Mountain Cabernet is perfumed with sweet black plum, dried cherry, roasted espresso bean and anise. Lush, palate-coating flavors of black cherry, dark chocolate, cedar and subtle smoke finish with round, integrated tannins.”
Winemaker Geoff Gorsuch likes to pair his Howell Mountain Cab with steak – in particular, a recipe from Goosecross co-owner Colleen Topper for Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Garlic Butter. That sounds heavenly! You can find it in the extensive recipe section of the Goosecross website. (Simply select “Howell Mountain Cabernet” from the Wine Varietal dropdown menu. I’m printing it out right now!
In Napa Valley, Cabernet is king. And 2004 Howell Mountain Cab from Goosecross Cellars is a king of a Cab! But the only place you can buy it is their website – so be sure to stop by to see their wonderful wines, a huge database of recipes, podcasts, blog posts and so much more.
We’ve been to many rockin’ events at Efeste in Woodinville’s wine warehouse district and every one of them was a blast. There’s another one coming up on Saturday (Feb. 27) that sounds like it will meet or beat the high party standard that Efeste creates. It’s called Rockin’ Sips.
Rockin’ Sips promises an evening of music and wine from across the state. And better yet, all proceeds from the $35 ticket go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Take a look at this lineup of wineries and winemakers:
- Dusted Valley with Chad Johnson
- Efeste Winery with Brennon Leighton
- Mark Ryan Winery with Mark McNeilly
- Rotie Cellars with Sean Boyd
- Sleight of Hand with Trey Busch
- Waters Winery with Jamie Brown
The space is limited to 300 people, and this is one you don’t want to miss. Think about it – an evening of rock-solid Washington wine (and you can meet the winemakers), great music and a fantastic cause – four rockin’ good reasons to purchase tickets now for Rockin’ Sips at Efeste!
Hope to see you there!
Desert Wind Winery is a wonderful place to visit in Prosser. I’ve written previously about their wines and fabulous gift store: “The wines were rich and complex, and we spent way too much time in one of the most fabulous gift shops we’ve seen in a winery tasting room!”
And we loved their 2006 Ruah Red Blend at Sip of Snoqualmie last year – it’s since won a bronze medal at the prestigious 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
So we were delighted when Desert Wind recently sent us a bottle of the newly released 2006 Syrah to sample. This Syrah is blended with just a touch of Cabernet Sauv (.7%) and Merlot (.6%) that brings out concentrated flavors of blackberry and chocolate.
Full of potential, Desert Wind’s 2006 Syrah is still young – it was released last month and still needs time to settle down. But we absolutely have no doubt that this big wine will soon follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, the 2005 Syrah, which received 87 points from Wine Spectator and a Silver medal at the World Wine Championships in 2007.
Decant it and drink it now, or enjoy Desert Wind 2006 Syrah through 2016.
Trio Vintners is a fairly new winery by Walla Walla standards. According to my friend and Walla Walla wine expert, Catie from Through the Walla Walla Grape Vine, Trio Vintners opened its doors in 2007. In addition to winemaking skills, the trio of winemakers, Denise Slattery, her husband Steve Michener and their partner Tim Boushey, also bring an assortment of writing, communications and business skills to the winery located at the Walla Walla airport’s wine incubator.
The writing talent is evidenced on the label of their new release, 2007 RIOT: “A riot of aromas and flavors, our first red wine blend from Washington’s Columbia Valley may lead to unrestrained revelry and an unbridled outbreak of passion.”
And the wine is as much fun as the label. The 2007 RIOT blends 52% Sangiovese, 36% Syrah and 12% Mourvedre and was just released last November. Because of its young age, we recommend that you let it decant for awhile before tasting. But once it’s had time to open up, you will understand why this fun red wine won a Bronze Medal at the 2009 Seattle Wine Awards.
RIOT is a reasonably priced wine that is great for those week days where you want to kick back and relax after a long day at work.
Another wine from Trio Vintners that stands out is the 100% single-vineyard 2006 Syrah. But let it decant for awhile to open up, too. Although it was released in April 2009, our first sips showed a young wine with lots of potential. That potential turned into the real deal after letting the wine stand for awhile – the aromas and flavors of berries and chocolate were enticing and left you wanting more.
In the name of full disclosure, a bottle of 2007 RIOT and 2006 Syrah was sent to us by Trio Vintners to taste.
We also heard from our friend Paul at Full Pull Wines that Trio Vintners makes a great Zinfandel.