Woodinville Wonders

Woodinville certainly has a lot of wineries for a place that doesn’t grow any grapes.  But even though the grapes are trucked across the Cascades, some good juice comes out of there.  Here are a few we have on the shelves at the moment.  Gorman is really made up in Maltby in Snohomish County (another place that doesn’t grow many grapes) but their tasting room is in Woodinville, so we included them here just to be sociable.

2020 Lauren Ashton, Rosé  $15
53% Mourvèdre, 47% Grenache
Provence style rosé from Columbia Valley.  Opening with strawberry and raspberry notes and essence of citrus zest on the palate and a lightly spiced finish
Was $20 Now $15

2021 Gorman, 42, 39, 56 Rosé  $15
A racy blend primarily made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Counoise and Mourvedre.  Zesty, aromatic and refreshing.

2020 Sparkman, Kindred Grenache  $20
This neutral barrel aged Washington Grenache shows off the fruit and spice notes without muddying up the flavors.

2020 Gorman Winery, The Devil Makes Three  $20
Cabernet Sauvignon
From Red Mountain fruit this Cab is aged for 9 months in once used French oak. Moderate Oak notes makes this full Red Mountain red intriguing with cigar Box aromas, raspberry chocolate with a kiss of sea salts.

2017 Ashton Troy, Cabernet Sauvignon  $18
Lauren Ashton’s 2nd label.  The Ashton Troy Cabernet Sauvignon from the Columbia Valley AVA is rich and full-bodied, with an elegant tannin structure. It opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, and ripe plum and is followed by hints of spiciness and minerality.
Was $30 Now $18

2020 Darby, Purple Haze  $20
Cabernet, Malbec, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Franc, Syrah
Hazy on details but not on flavor, the sum is greater than its parts.  Dense and rich, with a muscular mix of dark currant, cherry, and plum with a hint of cedar.  Aged in 30% new French oak for 18 months

2015 Finn Hill, Merveille  $15
Stillwater Creek Vineyard Merlot
Aromas of red currant, dried cherry and toasty oak, the latter an indicator of the 21 months in 100% new French barrels.  On the palate is where it comes alive with more cherry and currant flavors with dusty tannins and age-worthy pomegranate acidity.
Was $30 now $15

2016 Finn Hill, Vivant  $18
Rosebud Vineyards
The 2016 vintage exhibits an inky purple-magenta color and wafts perfumed aromas of crushed black and red berries on wet gravel, with hints of molasses and bay leaf. The pour delivers predominant fruit notes of blackberry, boysenberry, red currant, and blueberry. The finish brings mellow plum-skin acidity and tannin.
Was $30, Now $18

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