Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tasting Tuesday - August 24, 2010

The theme for tonight's bi-weekly Tasting Tuesday at Dale Miller Restaurant is "An American Affair." As always, the wines featured were carefully selected by Tom, and he has included a couple of my favorites.

Pacific Rim Riesling, 'Organic,' Columbia Valley, WA, 2008 
Have you had this before?  It was originally a Bonny Doon product but it looks like Randall Graham spun this popular bottling off to some former employees who moved the operations from California to Washington.  A lovely, drinkable wine that goes really well with fish and spicy food.

Four Vines 'Naked" Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, CA, 2008
100% Stainless steel for those of us who prefer to not drink wood.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier, CA, 2008I am convinced that more people would order viognier if they were more comfortable pronouncing it - (vee-ohn-yay).  This wine was selected by Robert Parker as one the top 50 super domestic value wines for their 2008 vintage.

Gary Farrell Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, CA, 2006 
The Wine Spectator gave this vintage an 87, perhaps not the strongest bottling from Gary Farrell, but I think it would be lovely with lamb or salmon nonetheless.

Saucelito Canyon Zinfandel, Arroyo Canyon, CA, 2006
It looks like zinfandel is what the Saucelito canyon folks specialize in.  On an overcast August evening, this might be just the ticket to help ease me into autumn.

Selby Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, CA, 2006
Susie (yeah, I've met her, I can call her Susie.  Actually everyone calls her Susie) made 2000 cases of this Cabernet and released it last August.  She is an incredibly thoughtful winemaker and I enjoy her wines, which I think she makes in a perfectly balanced feminine/masculine style I'm going tonight to drink taste this wine specifically.

Hedges Red Mountain '3 Vineyards' Red Mountain District, Washington, 2005
This is considered by some to be Hedges' flagship bottling.  Primarily Cabernet and Merlot with a bit of Cabernet Franc, this should be drinking really well.  Another reason to love Washington State.  

So, you know where I'll be tonight - why don't you join me?

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