L’Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2016
Frenchtown, Walla Walla Valley’s first settlement, was founded by French Canadians in the early 1800s. A thriving viticulture and wine making community was established in the Valley by the 1860s. This Frenchtown wine salutes these pioneers. The 2016 vintage was one of the warmest vintages for Washington, rivaling 2003 and 1998, with slightly lower yields due to smaller berry size. The L'Ecole No. 41 Frenchtown 2016 shows aromas of wild berries, fresh plum, black currant and baking spice. The generous dark fruit flavors stay bright and focused through an integrated finish. 41% Merlot 14% Syrah 28% Cabernet Sauvignon 9% Grenache 5% Malbec 3% Cabernet Franc.
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Duckhorn Decoy Red Wine 2016, Sonoma County$28.00Add to cart
Since the inaugural vintage of the Decoy Napa Valley Red Wine more than a quarter century ago, Decoy has taken an important place in the Duckhorn Wine Company family of wines. With a reputation for delivering great quality at a remarkable price, Decoy has established a loyal following for its distinctive style, which emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth. After several years of working with its sought-after grapes, they acquire the renowned Ridgeline Vineyard in the Alexander Valley appellation—Sonoma County’s best region for growing Bordeaux varietals. Located on Oak Mountain, Ridgeline Vineyard is a steep mountainside vineyard with elevations ranging from 100 to nearly 2,000 feet.
The core blend for this appealing Decoy Red Wine 2016 pairs the elegance of Merlot with the complexity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Reflecting the character of each growing season and the diversity of our vineyard sources, Decoy has established itself as a wine of distinction. Rich and concentrated, this wine reveals voluptuous layers of blueberry, cassis and dark chocolate. On the palate, hints of salted caramel and exotic spices add depth and complexity to the fresh fruit flavors, while carrying the wine to a long and silky finish. 51% Merlot, 23% Zinfandel, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Sirah, 2% Petit Verdot.
Duckhorn Merlot 2015, Napa Valley$59.00Add to cart
This wine displays all of the benefits of slow, even ripening during a mild growing season. Though there is fullness and a lush character to this Merlot, there is also restraint and elegance. Promising aromas of cherry, red plum, raspberry, and dried herbs lead to a clean fresh entry with impeccably balanced acidity supporting intense red fruit flavors of cranberry, plum and raspberry. Round, supple tannins provide an enticing framework for the flavors and contribute to a lingering finish. 90 Points Wine Spectator
Mutt Lynch MBF Primitivo 2016, Speedy Creek Vineyard, Knights’s Valley$30.00Add to cart
Mutt Lynch Winery was born in 1995 combining Brenda Lynch’s passion for wine and “all things dog.” The motto for the winery comes from Sark – Apply Dog Logic to Life: Eat Well, Be Loved, Get Petted, Sleep Alot, Dream of a Leash-Free World. Brenda’s first wine was a Zinfandel called Domaine du Bone. The whimisical names and labels continue, but the wine is serious – seriously good! Mutt Lynch Winery is proud to support local and national animal organizations in their tireless efforts to save pets’ lives and continue the efforts of such organizations as Canine Companions for Independence. In communities throughout the country, Mutt Lynch partners with wine shops, restaurants and local animal rescue groups in support of their fundraising efforts. The 2016 Mutt Lynch MBF Primitivo, the eigth vintage of the MBF (Man’s Best Friend) Primitivo, is truly delicious. Primitivo is a close cousin to Zinfandel. Its name derives from the terms primativus or primaticcio, which refer to the grape’s tendency to ripen earlier than other varieties. However, Speedy Creek Vineyard’s hillside location and more extreme growing conditions produce small intensely flavored berries that ripen later in the growing season. Always evocative of the Italian province of Apulia (Puglia), this varietal is legendary (think last supper legendary). In the 2016 expression, you’ll be struck by the beautiful garnet color and nose of black cherries and hint of pepper. It’s smooth on entry, medium-bodied and with a flavor palette of cherries, blackberries and licorice. Light in tannins but well-structured, this is one smooth wine! This wine would pair well with a dry Sonoma Jack, Gouda or Gruyere cheese. For a stellar entrée pairing try it with lamb kabobs. 142 cases produced.