Our Wine Wednesday pick is a tasty Sangiovese from Washington State, the 2015 Cavatappi Sangiovese. We enjoyed a glass last night with dinner. This is also one of the wines we will be serving at the Colu Henry book signing at the end of the month. More on that tomorrow. After a quick Google search for a little information on this yummy wine, one of my blog entries from a few years back popped up as one of the top searches, which totally made me smile and laugh at the same time, as I have little to no memory of writing a post on it. I guess that is what happens after many years of posting daily, and certainly has nothing to do with the years advancing. Insert very large smile. Bottom line, it deserves a second cheers, as it is mighty fine wine. Here it is:
Cavatappi is a Washington State winery that we have long been a fan of, and is my pick for this Wine Wednesday post. We were first introduced to it at a ‘meet the vintner’ wine dinner hosted by our friends Steve & Catherine at Cafe Juanita more than 10 years ago. The wine glass stain makes for a very clever and memorable label. I spot it whenever I am out shopping for wine. Their Sangiovese is fresh, light-bodied, and lovely solo or with food. It falls in that under $15 range that makes it nice to serve for parties or large gatherings. Lovely to have with a roast chicken or to serve the next time you order pizza in.
After a little more web searching: Cavatappi wines are inspired by the delicious house wines served in Italy’s restaurants. Thirty years ago, winemaker Peter Dow partnered with Washington state’s revered growers Mike Sauer, and later with Dick Boushey, to plant Italian varieties. Today these wines, made from Washington-grown Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, continue to be enjoyed alongside great food and great company.
TASTING NOTES: Herbal and fruity aromatics with a touch of spice. Light in body but heavy on red fruit freshness, with notes of bright cherry, mineral, spice, and herb.
WINEMAKING NOTES: Varietal Blend 90% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley
The gift of a glorious bottle of wine is always a good thing. It is a fun way to later on down the road remember the giver and relish the event when it was given. Such is the case with this Wine Wednesday bottle. We are so fortunate to live in a state that produces world class wine. If you see ‘Red Mountain’ on a bottle, just know you are in for a treat. Red Mountain is located in the Yakima area just west of the Tri-Cities. TPS & I have spent some amazing times in this region enjoying off the charts amazing wine. DeLille does their magic and bottles in Woodinville, just outside of Seattle. We each enjoyed a glass of this with dinner last eve. Take-out, and a crazy good glass of wine. Ahhhh, the high/low of it!
From a bit of web searching–by now you know I love a little ‘wine speak’ as it always makes me smile: The wine opens with aromas of anise and blackberry with oak on the nose. Rich layers of anise, blackberry and black cherry on the mid-palate. Dark and deep, this wine is compelling and delicious. There is a vibrant mouthfeel that tells me this will be a long-ager. The wine has moderate tannins that persist and will take time to dissipate.
The first Wine Wednesday of the year starts off with a bang, with a really special bottle. It was a gift from Robin Pollard who roasts and blends up the crazy good coffee we are now selling at WK. Her husband owns Andrew Will Winery on Vashon Island. On a tour of the winery, their home and sensational grounds, she presented us with this bottle. I knew we were in for a treat. We enjoyed it last week at WestWard the first night we were back to kick-off our annual week after Christmas stay. Oh my word, heaven. On so many levels. While this bottle was a 2011, the below verbiage is for the 2012. If you can get your hands on any vintage, do. You will be in for a memorable bottle.
From the maker: Textured, balanced and rich, our signature wine is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon from the Champoux Vineyard; 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. The gorgeously nose shows a blend of cassis, graphite, river stones, tobacco leaf with hints of black currants and dark rasberry. The palate shows a superb full-bodied, balanced, structured wine that integrates a combination of smooth tannins and bright acids. It finishes with excellent length and grip, on the pure and complex finish.
Wine Wednesday brings a drink we served this year at our Holiday Open Houses, a G2. Or better known as a Gruet and grapefruit juice. A spin on a mimosa, but swapping out the orange juice for grapefruit juice. As we head into a few holiday week-ends, thought it might be fun to mix it up a little. This is also a shout-out for Gruet, which is a sparkling wine made here in the US. It has become one of my very favorite sparkling wines to serve for a large gathering, when serving Champagne to a crowd is not in the party budget.
From the maker: Founded in 1984, Gruet Winery specializes in Methode Champenoise sparkling wines. Family owned and run, the New Mexico-based winery produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-based sparkling wines and a small collection of still wines, with roots originating from Gilbert Gruet’s Champagne house in Bethon, France. More than 25 vintages later, Gruet Winery has achieved unprecedented acclaim and remains a favorite of the nation’s top sommeliers.
Wine Wednesday is a nice & hearty Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla, right here in Washington State. For those of you around the globe who enjoy wine and are given the chance to try some red from this region, do. Do, big time. This bottle was a gift last month from my friend Jackie who I have known since I first moved to Seattle in 1986 to be a tennis pro at The Seattle Tennis Club. Our birthdays are both in November, two Sagittarius, so the four of us celebrated at Spinasse and this yummy red was my treat.
From the maker: Inky red, almost black in color, this classic Cabernet Sauvignon is heavily concentrated with ripe cherry aromas and dark fruit flavors, backed by vanilla oak notes. Layered with texture that belies its silky smooth tannins, this wine’s perfectly balanced alcohol and bright, clean acidity make it a perfect companion for red meat and savory dishes. Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
We had a dinner recently and several guests brought the same bottle as the host gift, the above from Bogle Vineyards. We always like trying what friends enjoy. This is an easy drinking red to enjoy with food or just as a glass while reading. I think this is readily available as I have seen bottles for sale in both Seattle and New York. I try my darndest to have these Wine Wednesday wines be available to many of you.
From a little web searching as ‘wine speak’ is not my forte. “Welcoming and easy to drink, this full-bodied wine has mellow, ripe fruit flavors, light oaky accents and a warm sense of ripeness that doesn’t go over the top. Subtle tannins support the texture while keeping it smooth. The blend includes Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah. Rich, enticing layers of complexity, starting with that first irresistible sip. Ripe fruit, intense with flavors of boysenberries and sweet cherries. Luscious vanilla, caressing the palate from barrel aging in American and French oak. Juicy and silky throughout, with a finish that lingers of black licorice and spice.”
From my friends at Peloton Imports, this is one heck of a bottle for 20 bucks. I have been trying my darndest to highlight wines that many folks can try by picking up a bottle or more, online. This is just a fab wine, whatever the price. And yes, I adore the bottle. Every glorious detail…
From their site: Garnet core to a soft ruby rim. A broodingly seductive nose of cherry compote, cola, Chanterelle mushrooms, white pepper and just a slightly jazzy/bright note of cranberry on the tail end. Medium feel with nicely integrated acidity and fine tannins, the black cherry notes come through elements of earth, clove and allspice. Truly amazing value for Burg… bring on the Black Goat!
It may be after Labor Day, for many of us the white shoes get put away but not the rosé. It is such a versatile wine that pairs beautifully with food. The Wine Wednesday post is about this lovely La Bastide Blanche Bandol. Easily drinks like a rosé twice the price. I found a bottle on our stay at Hawthorne in August and was again super impressed by it. We enjoyed it on our last eve there with dinner outside under the stars.
From a little web searching on this tasty wine: The limestone rich soils of St. Anne de Castellet provide a taut mineral framework and juicy acidity, while the high proportion of Mourvèdre in this traditional Provençal blend offers an intense fruit core of ripe strawberry laced with grapefruit and tangerine zest accented by pungent herbs and a touch of spice. This is the classic Bandol rosé by which all others ought to be judged.
This elegant, powerful rosé comes from one of the producers who put Bandol on the map as a truly great wine region in the early 1990s. La Bastide Blanche’s success rests on extremely low yields and impeccable conditions in the cellar.
A complex, perfectly balanced wine with lovely aromas of red-currant, peach, blood orange, rose and spice. The palate is dense with creamy berry fruit, citrus and stone flavors, ripe and full with bright balancing acidity with terrific density and length. Delicious now, this will improve over the next few years.
Our friend’s Lisa & Michael took me to dinner last month when I made a quick solo trip to NYC for a buying trip. Lisa and I share a love of fried chicken, so they took me to a Marcus Samuelsson eatery in Harlem where that is top of the list. A version of this drink was what we had with our meal. They served it somewhat martini style. This is my spin on it. We served them last week-end at WestWard to happy reviews. It is the Wine Wednesday libation of the week as Lillet is a French wine that is best known as an aperitif.
I served this on the rocks which made it a little less formal than presenting it as a martini plus I always like my drinks quite cold as ice is one of my very favorite things. Use 2/3 Lillet Blanc, a 1/3 Hendrick’s gin, and a good sized slice of orange as the twist. Take another slice of orange and juice it over the glass so the orange juice mixes in with the wine and gin. Stir. Serve. That easy, that yummy. Enjoy!
As the rosé season soon comes to a close for some, I know many of you enjoy it year round. So I thought I would highlight the bottles in the next few weeks, that were enjoyed at the rosé tasting that occured at the shop last month when we had the Jeanne McKay Hartmann trunk show. It was such a fun eve with customers milling about shopping, sipping rosé and Jeanne painting up a storm while Arielle Dombasle played in the background. We served a variety of wine from one of my favorite Seattle importers, Precept. The Domaine Guizard rosé from the Languedoc Appelation was loved by all, so I thought it would be the Wine Wednesday choice of the week.
From the vintner’s site: “On those warm lands, the dominating Grenache combines well with the Mourvèdre. After nightly harvesting and direct pressing, the wine displays a light, orange salmon, robe, and delivers soft but elegant aromas of white flowers, hardly peppered. More expressive, the mouth is supple, round and slim.”
The kind folks at Precept have offered my blog readers the ‘Friends and Family’ discount, which is 25% off of the retail price. If so incline contact them at Precept Wine and be sure to tell them you read about it on the daily blog post or were lucky enough to try this yummy French rosé the night of the tasting at the shop.