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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Washington Wine Report: Live Red Wine Blogging

We're ready for another round of live wine blogging. Speed dating, only with wine...

1. Ortman Family Wines, 2008 Sangiovese, Paso Robles. 5,000 cases annually from winery. $20 and under. Sweet cherry. Hand bottled by Matt Ortman who is serving. Been in bottle three days. Will be available to general public in July. 100% Sango.

2.2006 Louis Martini Napa Valley Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon. $120 per bottle. 1,000 cases. Could lay down for 25 years. Select vineyards. Paint a picture of Napa with mountaintop fruit. Martini celebratred 75th anniversary. Gallo now owns, but Mike Martini is the winemaker.

3. Isenhower Cellars, Walla Walla. Bachelors Button 2007 Cabernet Sauv. 4% Petit Verdot. Husband and wife team. About 4,000 cases per year. Only sells direct. Only free run juice.

4. The Crusher 2008 Petite Sirah. A Don Sebastiani label. Dark inky purple. Great value for $12.Blackberry liquor flavor. Medium body wine.Good barbeque wine.

5. Desert Wind 2008 Ruah. Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot. Flagship wine. Retails for $20. Intensely aromatic. Cherry, raspberry and love...

6. Duck Pond Cellars, Oregon, 2008 Red Blend  of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon. Retail $15. Designed to be enjoyed right away. New product for us. Vineyard located in Eastern Washington.

More to come...
 
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