Over the past couple of weeks, I have been pulling out wines from our collection to see how they are doing and how well they pair with our meals. We also had wines being tasted for the December issue of the Review of Washington Wines. Here are our notes and scores.
2015 Domaine de la Modrorée Lirac - We took this to a Halloween party and everyone loved it. A rich, flavorful combination of one-third each of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah from near Chateauneuf du Pape, it went beautifully with Brenda Bernards' Mac and cheese. 19/20 points.
2017 Result of a Crush "Christmas Cuvée" Syrah, Walla Walla Valley ($24.99) - We had this with Manhattan clam and salmon chowder. Ample, brambly and spicy, it went nicely with the tomatoes and herbs in the chowder. A full review of this wine to be in the December issue of the Review of Washington Wines. 18.5/20 points.
2016 Domaine des Bosquets Châteauneuf du Pape - This is our go-to Châteauneuf du Pape. We had it last week with broiled steelhead (our marinade: 1/8 cup soy sauce, 1/2 tsp coriander, 1/4 tsp cumin with a bit of olive oil). The wine packs a lot of flavor for the price and the predominance (70%) off Grenache goes well with the salmon. See the Review Blog posting of 14 August below for a full review. 19/20 points.
N/V Treveri Gewurztraminer Demi Sec Sparkling Wine, Columbia Valley ($21) - This Wapato winery makes excellent sparkling wines that are great values. We had this with spicy sesame chicken from Meal Time Market. The bubbles and crisp flavors made a fine counterpoint to the spicy chicken. 18.5/20 points.
2016 Gârd Vintners Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, Lawrence Vineyard ($40) - We had this with Meal Time Market's smoked pulled pork. The herbal and smoky character of the wine paired nicely with the seasonings of the pork. To be reviewed in the Review December issue. 19/20 points.
2017 Result of a Crush "The Unnamed Series" Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley ($24.99) - We had this with the leftover pulled pork in tomato soup. A 80%, 20% combination, it was medium full bodied and offered a lot of flavor for the price. It held up well with the tartness of the soup. To be reviewed in December. 18.5/20 points.
2010 Cháteau Talbot, Saint Julien - On Monday of last week, we had our next door neighbors, Mauro and Connie Golmarvi (owners of Ristorante Assagio in Seattle) over for dinner. I prepared sautéed beef tenderloin with sauce Madère. This called for a special Grand Cru Classé Bordeaux, whose elegance paired with the entrée beautifully. 19+/20 points.
2013 Château d'Aquiera Tavel Rosé - Rose is not just for summer. Mauro gave us some of his special chicken soup. Deep copper colored, this is not a wimpy Rosé. It went nicely with the savory soup. See the 23 September Review Blog posting for a full review. 19/20 points.
2014 Northstar Reserve Merlot, Walla Walla Valley - On Saturday night, we had dinner with our neighbors to the south, Jim and Chris Bohnsack. They served roasted pork loin with this wine. The velvety yet vigorous, true to variety, Merlot went beautifully with the savory pork. 19/20 points.
2016 Domaine du Prieuré Savigny-les-Beaune, 1er Cru, Les Lavières ($39.99 - Esquin) - We had steelhead again (a freshwater salmon) with this wine. Rich and earthy, with simultaneously velvety and chewy black and blue fruit flavors, this wine paired well with the fat content of the cold water fish. The fruit acids of the wine made a bright counterpoint. 18.5+/20 points.
2018 Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Chardonnay ($13.99 - Safeway) - We enjoy Maconnais with chicken and lettuce salad. Unoaked, this wine showed beautiful variety purity, with fresh aromas of white fruits and flowers and vivid flavors. 18/20 points.
2014 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($42.99 - Esquin) - Louis Martini was a legend in the Napa Valley, and his descendants are continuing the great tradition. We had this with meat loaf (yes, meat loaf) while watching the Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night football. The savory ground beef and the classic Cabernet flavors went together nicely. 19/20 points.
2018 Julia's Dazzle Pino Gris Rosé, Columbia Valley ($17.99 - Safeway) - We had this with leftover steelhead on a bed of lettuce and veggies. The extraction of the Pinot Gris from extended hang tine made it a fine accompaniment to the cold salmon. 19/20 points. Lynn gave this three stars (highest rating).
2018 Aluvé Estate Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley, Menozzi Vineyard ($35) - We had this last night with chicken breast with cream and mushroom sauce. The fine balance and texture of the wine went beautifully with the creamy chicken. Reviewed in the October issue of the Review of Washington Wines. 19/20 points.
2017 Delas Crozes-Hermitage, "Les Launes" ($21.99 - wine.com) - For lunch today, we had leftover meat loaf in lentil soup. This young Syrah from the North Rhone Valley went well with the soup. The robust dark fruit flavors complemented the savory legumes and beef of the soup. See the Review Blog posting of 11 September for a full review. Today, it scored 18+/20 points.