Blending is practiced almost to exclusivity in Bordeaux. So, the Greatest Place to Grow Cabernet in the World is actually producing Cabernet blends – not pure Cabernet. Move across the world, to Washington State, and the climate is much more similar to Bordeaux than it is to California. Blends work fabulously in symphony here. And in the 2011 Pendulum Columbia Valley Cabernet blend, it shows:
Cabernet contributes the black cherry, raspberry and cedary pencil-lead notes to the nose. Merlot contributes a bold richness of blueberry fruit, creme de cassis, smoke, licorice, and minerals. Petite Verdot adds a dash of seasoning and Franc, a hint of orange blossom. Like a great Pauillac, these all harmonize together on the palate, creating a wine of succulent richness and density, with a robust and sensuous mouthfeel that hits all the sweet spots on the palate. The lengthy finish resolves in exquisite purity and symmetry.
And I am not the only one who thinks this wine is great:
93 points, Wine & Spirits - “A soft leafiness plays through this wine from its first seconds in the glass to its long delicate finish. It needs a day of air before the sumptuous oak accents begin to recede, revealing a feathery structure and persistent flavors given focus by the cool vintage.”
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Date: Saturday, February 28
Time: 1 to 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
The wine of kings and the king of wines: Barolo.
We are going to taste forty of them. Does more need to be said?
This event will showcase some of the greatest producers in Barolo, Barbaresco and all of Piemonte. It allows you to explore (at a friendly $30 tasting price) the complex issues of wine production, environment and climate that go into making some of Italy’s greatest wines.
But we won’t stop there. We will also sample other varietals from these regions: Dolcetto, Barbera, Arneis, Gavi, blends, etc. For the novice Italian drinker, this tasting offers an exceptional entree to Italy’s grandest wines. For the connoisseur, it’s an unprecedented opportunity to pick your favorites.
Mark your calendars – this is a tasting not to miss.