Tried three WashState wines on NewYrsEve:
- Eisenhower Syrah WildAlfalfa ColumbiaVlly (14.5%) 2002: Very dark color w/ light bricking; strong pungent/licorice/blackberry/Syrah/spicy some toasty/smokey/oak bit cedary/pencilly/oldRed fairly complex nose; lightly tart pungent/smokey/cedary/pencilly some blackberry/blueberry/spicy/licorice bit tired/faded flavor w/ light drying tannins; med.long bit tart/drying/bit tired pungent/smokey/oak some blackberry/blueberry/Syrah bit complex finish w/ light drying/astringent tannins; a quite attractive mature Syrah nose but starting to dry out some on the palate; drink up. $28.95
- Darby ColumbiaVlly RW (50% PetiteSirah/Syrah; 15%) 2011: Very dark color; strong toasty/oak/smokey strong blackberry/Syrah/boysenberry bit peppery slightly rustic nose; soft rich/lush/mouthfilling strong blackberry/Syrah/blueberry/peppery strong toasty/oak light earthy/rustic flavor w/ some ripe/hard tannins; very long bit soft rich/ripe/lush strong toasty/smokey/oak light earthy/rustic finish w/ ample ripe/hard tannins; still needs some 4-8 yrs; speaks mostly of Syrah w/ the PS giving it a rustic/rough/coarse character; very good red.
- PattersonCllrs Roussanne LateHrvst WillardFarms/Prosser/ColumbiaVlly (76% Roussanne/14% Viog/10% CheninBlanc; SaH: 44.5 Brix; RS: 20.5 gm/100 ml; Brl frmtd in new Fr.oak; 12.5%; ) 2012: Deep golden/burnished bronze color; very intense botrytis/peachy/apricotty bit rotted apples/stewed fruits/orangey/orange marmalade slight earthy/dusty quite complex bit Sauternes-like nose; quite sweet some tart intense peachy/apricotty/botrytis/peach compote orange marmalade light earthy/dusty slight caramel/butterscotch flavor; very long/lingering intense botrytis/apricotty/peachy/stewed peaches/orange marmalade light earthy/dusty quite sweet lightly tart finish; some like a Sauternes but w/o the high-toned/figgy notes; a stunning dessert wine that should go out 10-20 yrs at a stupid/silly price. $21.00/hlf (vSC)
A wee BloodyPulpit:
- A friend was in town staying near Susan’s in his Mom’s home over the holidays & we got a NYE invite for dinner. Chas is an Anthropology Prof at WhitmanCollege in WallaWalla, so thought I’d take a few of my WashState wines. I was expecting more of the Eisenhower Syrah. Still a good drink but starting to show a bit tired on the palate.
I’ve been buying the Patterson LateHrvst Roussanne for a number of yrs thru a friend on their wine club. One of the best examples of WashState botrytis dessert wines yr in & yr out.