Doug McCrea pioneered winemaking with Rhone varietals in Washington State at a time when everyone else was focused on Cab and Merlot. Years later there are many Rhone blends ion the market, but very are a match for Doug’s. This Saturday we’ll be pouring the wines of his new project Salida which focuses on Spanish varietals. These wines are made in small quantities and are very limited. Doug will be here to talk about his wines. Come try them and get ahead of the curve.
2011 Albariño $20 750ml $10 375ml
Albariño’s origin is in Spain’s Rias Baixas. Salias’ comes from the Dutchman Vineyard, located at about 900 feet on the shoulder of the Yakima Valley’s Rattlesnake Mountains, provides a moderate climate for the grape. In the vineyard, the berries’ flavors literally explode in ones’ mouth with remarkable intensity once ripeness has been achieved. Characteristic aromas of Albariño are redolent in the wine, displaying bold citric elements of lemon, kiwi and pineapple. The flavors are pronounced, resembling lemon, red peach skin, white pear, green melon and Pink Lady apple with a driving embrace and a crisp finish.
2010 Tempranillo $20
Tempranillo is the “King” of Spanish grapes most renowned in the Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Salida’s comes from the Two Coyote Vineyard located on the northern flank of the Yakima Valley at about 1,000 feet elevation. The wine’s aromas are true to Tempranillo, expressing warm spices, dusty blackberry, cigar box, tobacco and leather. The mouthfeel is soft with medium tannins. A pronounced attach yields to a gentle mid-palate followed by a rustic, fairly long finish hinting at cinnamon, cardamom, black cherry, and light vanilla oak. We believe this wine will have wonderful longevity for up to ten years in bottle.
2010 Tres Viños $20 750ml $10 375ml
50% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha Tinta, 25% Monastrell
The Tres Viños blends Tempranillo with two other Spanish grapes, Garnacha and Monastrell. The Tempranillo is from Two Coyote Vineyard, while the Garnacha and Monastrell are from Olsen Brothers Vineyard, located in the far eastern end of the Valley where there is greater cumulative heat units supporting good ripeness. Aromas of deep black cherry and red plum lead to spicy elements redolent of figs, star anise and coriander, a hint of lavender, and a dark, truffle-like underpinning. The mouth-filling flavors resemble baked blackberry pie, blue plum and black current followed by a mixture of dark berries, tobacco and hint of leather.
2010 Fuego Sagrado $28
67% Malbec, 33% Tempranillo
A non-traditional blend, the ‘Fuego Sagrado,’ is sourced from Two Coyote Vineyard. Benefiting from extended hang time, the wine maintains good structure and acidity with a lush palate feel due to the gentle ripening. The Malbec, with aromas of blackberry, coffee, dark plum and chocolate, is enhanced and made complex by Tempranillo’s black cherry, spice, tobacco and dried herbs characters. Together, they offer a very unique marriage of wine grapes in a powerful and brooding dance.