FRIDAY’S FIVE

In a weeks time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). I lot of my friends think I’m lucky. Well, they’re right, and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my YouTube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or right here on Stanthewineman.com. Here for your reading pleasure, are five wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.

2016 Brook & Bull Malbec (Columbia Valley, WA)… $41.

Aromas of tobacco, wood, dark cherries and blackberries with perfumed red flowers in the background. Sweet structured tannins support notes of dark cherries, vanilla and blackberries front to finish, with chocolate notes lying underneath. The acidity is nicely integrated and gives the wine a lift on the back-end. There is a big red flower hit on the mid-palate leading into the finish where the tannins get a chalky feel to them. (B+/A-)

2016 Newsprint Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain, WA)…$25.

Dark cherry notes on the nose, joined by currants, vanilla and slight hits of red flowers and earth. Cherry and currant notes on the palate, brightened by the well-integrated acidity and soft, structured tannins. Earth and tobacco notes come on strong on the finish mingled with currant notes that linger. (B)

2018 Lone Birch Rose` (Yakima Valley, WA)… $9.

Aromas of grapefruit and tangerine with hits of bubblegum and watermelon. Strawberry bubblegum all day on the palate. Nice and dry from the mid-palate into the finish with a touch of strawberry sweetness underneath. A kiss of watermelon on the back-end. (C+/B-)

2018 Airfield Estates Sauvignon Blanc (Yakima Valley, WA)… $13.

Perfumed lemons on the nose, joined by notes of cut grass and bubblegum. Round apple and lemon notes on the palate with hits of cut grass. A touch of peach shows up on the mid-palate. Tiny, tiny hints of bubblegum show up from front to finish. Creamy, dry finish with apple notes lingering. (B-)

2013 Gamache Vintners Merlot (Columbia Valley, WA)… $22.

Maple and ripe currant notes on the nose with a good dose of meat marinade, tobacco and BBQ spices with a kiss of raspberries. Cherry and currant notes on the palate, blended with BBQ spices and tobacco with a hit of Worcestershire Sauce. There is a spine of iron notes that lie underneath front to finish where it lingers with the tobacco, cherry and currant notes. (B/B+)

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STAN’S PICK FOR MARCH ’19

March is Washington Wine Month so it makes a lot of sense to choose a Washington State wine as my pick. In the past, I have been somewhat negligent picking a Washington wine for March. Part of the reason is due to the fact that no one presented a Washington wine that actually qualified for a “Pick Of The Month.” This year I made it a point to seek one out, rather than waiting for someone to come through for me. As it happens, I was shooting a YouTube episode featuring Washington State red blends and low and behold, one of them blew my mind and came in at a very reasonable price.

Two Mountains Hidden Horse Red Blend No. 16 (Yakima Valley, WA)… $13.

Aromas of Red flowers, fresh cut carrots, currants, tobacco and hits of blueberry. Nice balance and complexity on the palate, with leather-like tannins supporting notes of currants, raspberries, blueberries and red flower petals. A hit of licorice joins up on the back of the mid-palate, leading into a finish of plums, blueberries and black raspberries that linger for some time. To get this kind of complexity for the money is ridonculous, just saying. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. (A-)

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BITS & BOBS

March is the official Washington Wine Month. I say “official”, because somewhere along the line, someone came up with the idea to add another Washington Wine Month, which is August. I suppose they thought it was a coup de grace adding another promotional wine month for Washington. I used to get irritated with it, and I refused to recognize August as another Washington Wine Month. I can be stubborn, but I realized it did me no good. August as a second Washington Wine Month is here to stay, so I have embraced it. However, I do not get behind August like I do March. I love promoting Washington State wines in March, so I am vigorously searching for a wine to represent Washington as my Pick Of The Month. I do believe I’ve found it and I am very excited about the quality and the price. I will put it up on this blog in a couple of days, so stay tuned.

I will also feature Washington wines on my YouTube channel. I’ve already shot the first episode which will go up on Friday, featuring canned wines from Washington State. I will try to do some head-to-head blind tasting episodes with Washington State wines going up against wines from other states or regions of the world. Washington has come a long way in the wine world. Washington trails only California in wine production in the United States. The cool part of the Washington wine industry is the quality that comes out of our state at more than fair prices. The same quality out of Napa, for instance, would go for twice if not three times the price. Washington State wines have also garnered some big scores from wine critics around the world. I personally love wines from all over the globe, but I feel lucky to be living in a state that puts out such amazing wines.

It is hard for me to believe that I have had wine sales reps that call on me, tell me they do not like Washington wines. They sell wines to me and live in one of the greatest wine producing regions in the world and have the gall to tell me they don’t like the wines. After debating with them as I would, it comes down to wine snobbery at its best. What they are really trying to say is that they only like old world wines or wines from the new world that attempt to emulate old world styles. High acidity is a must for these type of folks and if the wine is full of fruit and delicious, it can’t be liked. Also, minerality is a must! How dare someone make a wine that is not drenched in crushed rocks and wet stone! I do like wines from the old world myself, but I can also appreciate deliciousness when it hits my lips. That being said, there are many Washington state wineries that put out top quality wines that are somewhat old world in style. To make a blanket comment that one does not like Washington state wine is somewhat ignorant if you ask me.

Stick with me for the original Washington State Wine Month in March and I will give you a ton of content about this incredible wine producing region of the world.

Cheers!

Stan The Wine Man




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FRIDAY’S FIVE

In a weeks time, I taste a boatload of wine (seriously). I lot of my friends think I’m lucky. Well, they’re right, and I wouldn’t give this job up for the world. The only thing that makes my job hard, is my feeling of responsibility to taste the samples given to me as quickly as possible and to put my reviews either in my Moleskine, on my YouTube channel (Stan The Wine Man TV), or right here on Stanthewineman.com. Here for your reading pleasure, are five wines that I have reviewed in my Moleskine (good or bad), this past week.

2015 Alloro Vineyard Pinot Noir (Chehalem Mountain, OR)… $40.

Aromas of Asian spices and ripe dark cherries, with a kiss of orange citrus and black tea, with just the slightest hint of Root Beer. Excellent balance on the palate with notes of Asian spice, cherries and red flowers, framed by nicely integrated acidity front to finish. Root Beer notes hang-out in the background and comes out on the long finish. This is very Burgundy-like with a solid new world kiss. (A)

2015 Alloro Vineyard Chardonnay (Chehalem Mountain, OR)… $35.

Apples, melon and white flowers on the nose, with a touch of wet stone. A load of apple notes mingled with pear and melon on the palate, that expand on the mid-palate into a dry finish. Wet stone notes lie underneath into the finish where white pepper notes join up. Solid structure with well-integrated acidity. Pear and apple notes linger for some time. (B+/A-)

2015 Alloro Pinot Noir Reserve (Chehalem Mountain, OR)… $50.

Some what closed on the nose with slight cherry, earth and red flower notes coming through. Juicy acidity on the palate, frames notes of cherries, earth and red flowers front to finish where the acidity peaks. Asian spice and black tea notes linger in the background with tea notes coming out stronger on the savory, long finish (A-)

2017 Tinto Negro Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)… $11.

Char, plums and blackberries on the nose. Blackberry and plum notes on the palate, framed by char notes and soft tannins. The fruit expands on the mid-palate into the finish where a kiss of tobacco comes through. Balanced acidity keeps it fresh on the back-end. (C+/B-)

2012 Maison Nicolas Perrin Saint-Joseph (Rhone, France)… $46.

Very meaty on the nose with a pinch of red flowers and flower stem along with a solid hit of thyme and nutmeg. Solid acidity carries earth and meat notes front to finish on the palate. Tobacco and mineral notes show up on the back-end with nutmeg trying to sneak out. This baby is tightly wound up and needs another five-plus years to start coming out of its shell. Made form 100% Syrah. (B+)

Cheers!

Stan The Wine Man

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