Thursday, November 6, 2008

Two NW wines and Favorite Zin in the Dec 15 WS

I just saw Wine Spectator's sneak peek ratings for the Dec 15th edition.

Two Northwest favorites got high reviews. Plus, there's a favorite Zin of mine that would probably be perfect for Thanksgiving! For those who fly through SeaTac... you may be able to find both NW wines at Vino Volo (making it easier for you visitors to take 'em home on the plane). You can also probably find them at the usual spots (Seattle Wine, Esquin, Pete's, Matthew's Thriftway, etc.) The Seghesio Zin you can find at most good wine shops.

Argyle Extended Tirage Willamette Valley 1998 • $50
Haunting stuff, ethereal in texture, with amazingly delicate bubbles that carry wave after wave of rich toast, spice and baked apple flavors, persisting on the elegant finish. This has harmony, intensity and refinement. Drink now.—H.S.

Mark Ryan Syrah Red Mountain Wild Eyed 2006 • $45
This supple, open-textured and spectacularly flavorful red from Washington offers gorgeous plum, blackberry, wild flower and espresso flavors that mingle effectively on a surprisingly well-behaved frame. This has terrific flavors and impressive length, and it doesn’t go over the top. Drink now through 2015.—H.S.

Seghesio Zinfandel Sonoma County 2007 • $24
This seductive and vigorous Zinfandel offers smoky black cherry and blueberry aromas that lead to youthful wild berry, sage and cracked pepper flavors, with a lingering finish and zesty tannins. Drink now through 2012.—T.F.

This may be a good choice as a T-Day wine... I'm thinking it'll go great with the smoked turkey I'm planning! You'll probably be able to find this one closer to $20 in WA and CA.

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