Good Morning Gentle Readers,
El Jeronimo de Crow threw himself a birthday party Saturday night. I say that by way of explanation as to why TWC is not writing about the fabuloso Pinot Noir that I found all lonesome behind the plastic cups next to the stack of spare tortillas.
The striped label was a little hard to see with all the clutter--the Two Buck Chuck, a couple of forgettable Chards, and, inexplicably, what looked like Carlo Rossi jug Burgundy which turned out to be Almaden jug red. I haven't seen an Almaden wine since before Y2K, so that was interesting. It was also inexplicably popular, the empty three liter jug bearing mute testimony.
The Pinot was a delightful surprise and in short order, it was time for round two so I excused myself, leaving Mrs TWC (looking glam in black) to entertain in my absence only to discover that the Pinot was GONE. Without any proof it had ever existed. No notes. Plenty of CRS. Brian didn't get any, neither. Which makes a decent enough segue.
Been meaning to get onto this for a week or so anyway. Early on, the Hogue family recognized the potential of the Columbia River Valley. Sharing the same latitude as many of the great vineyards of France, throughout the growing season the valley averages two hours per day more sunshine than California vineyards.
The Genesis vineyards date to the early 1970's and are among the oldest in the state and are so named to honor the beginning.
No Star used to rag on me about ignoring Washington State wines, a fact certainly not in evidence, particularly since, well, right here is a review of a Washington State winery.
It's a good Merlot and I enjoyed it. However, I would expect it to be pretty good given the $12.00-$17.00 price tag. Wine Spectator gave it an 88. That's a little stingy or maybe my scale reads high. I'll go with stingy.
Washington is widely recognized as an exceptional Merlot-producing region, and this supple, silky wine is a one example of the quality of Merlot the region is capable of producing. The 2005 vintage shows heady aromas of plum, cherry, and black olive, with hints of gun smoke and leather. Its flavors of ripe berry, oak and spice are well balanced and there are appealing notes of black cherry, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is a big Merlot that will pair well with grilled chops, ribs or steak, or a Margherita-style pizza.
I had to look that up. Margarita Pizza that is. Turns out, it isn't what I thought. No To-Kill-Ya, no salt. Recipe here.
I'm a James Arness fan so the Gun Smoke and Leather is intriguing. Not sure I found recently fired pistola but I'll buy the leather, the black cherry, oak, and a little spice. It is, indeed, a pretty big Merlot and could easily stand in for cab.
By the time we left, one guy had a spoon stuck on his nose (ON his nose. Not up his nose) and it was moving this direction.....