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Conductor’s Wine List
Our Conductor has a difficult job, but he is very dedicated. He must regularly taste & choose from the many excellent wines right here in Washington (he likes to think global and support local). He must also sample & choose from the never-ending supply of wonderful Italian wines to pair with our fabulous Italian food. And being a world traveler, our Conductor also likes to sample wines from around the globe. Therefore, he has added this special selection of great wines from anywhere in the world. The focus is on wines with a rating of 90 and above, but you may find a few exceptions if one of the many wines that our Conductor tasted just happened to blow his whistle!. He hopes you enjoy these wines as much as he enjoyed tasting and selecting them for you! This list will change more frequently than our regular wine list, so enjoy these selections while you can. Cheers.
Mark Ryan Winery Viognier – Columbia Valley, WA – 2012.
100% Viognier. Vineyards – Ciel du Cheval, Red Willow, Olsen. 7 months in 74% Neutral French Oak, 16% Stainless Steel, 10% Concrete Egg. Notes of orange blossom, Meyer lemon subtle banana and buttered bread. The neutral French oak barrel aging offers hints of smoke, while adding richness broad flavors of tart stone fruit and minerals. The luxuriant mouth feel is offset by the wine’s buoyant acidity, holding the wine together tightly. The finish is impressive in length. 92 Points – Wine Advocate. Pair with Veal Picatta.
1. Fidelitas Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – Horse Heaven Hills, WA - 2009. Champoux Vineyard, high in Horse Heaven Hills, was first planted in 1972 and is known for producing some of the greatest old vine cabernet sauvignon in Washington State. Champoux Vineyard wines are known for having a “masculine” quality, providing bold fruit and well structured tannins. Aged for 24 months in 80% New French Oak and 10% New American Oak. This wine delivers the site’s trademark combination of sumptuous texture and seamlessly, purely ultra-ripe dark berry fruit with a coursing of energy and a finishing ping. Lightly-cooked ginger, blond tobacco, and salted caramel add mouthwatering detail, while strong notes of fruit pit engender a sort of cyanic glow as part of this wine’s memorably expansive and persistent finish. 93 Points – Wine Advocate. Pair with Blue Cheese Filet Mignon.
2. Sheridan L’Orage Cabernet Sauvignon – Yakima Valley, WA – 2011.
100% 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc. Matured in 75% new French oak for 24 months. Deep garnet with an opaque core. Classic nose of crushed stone, cassis and graphite with lavender & spice. Tightly wound with earth, black fruits and savory meat reminds one of left bank Bordeaux. Initially on the palate, the wine displays great weight with notes of fruit, kirsch, umami, cedar and spice. Mouth coating flavors of bittersweet chocolate, black currant and rare beef juices abound. Lithe and stylish overall, finishing with leather, cassis and fine, sweet tannins. It’s a rock solid bottle of wine that sells for a song. Pair with Demi Glace Filet Mignon. 90 Points - Wine Advocate.
3. Cassanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino - Tuscany, Italy – 2008.
100% Sangiovese (named Brunello in Montalcino). The 2008 vintage is the 30th for this label. It illustrates a great story of passion & love of the land. This is a Brunello with great character. Fine, profound, elegant and complex in the Brunello style. Aged in oak barrels for about 42 months and 6 months bottles in bottles. Ruby red with garnet reflections, hints of maraschino cherries, violets and red fruits. Great fineness in the mouth with tannin that is still young but of excellent quality. Long, elegant and persistent. Pair with Portabello Mushroom Ravioli.
4. Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot – Napa Valley, CA – 2011. 83% Merlot, 10% Cab, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc. a complex blend of several vineyards, incorporating fruit from Dukhorn’s Estate Vineyards and top independent growers throughout Napa Valley. A rich and cohesive expression of Napa Valley, reflecting the varied microclimates and soils of this unique appellation. 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (25% new, 75% second vintage) for 15 Months. An aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish. This is one of my wife’s favorites! Pair with Sautéed Wild Mushroom Capellini.
5. Sheridan Boss Block Cabernet Franc – Yakima Valley, WA - 2011.
100% Cabernet Franc that spent two years in 100% new French oak. Medium garnet with darkened core. Aromatic nose of chocolate covered cherries, Italian plums with hints of cinnamon and baked brie. Secondary notes of grilled meat, lavender and snicker doodle cookie. Floral and upfront on the palate with black cherry licorice and Dr. Pepper ice cream float. Finishes with firm tannins married with dark chocolate, luscious berry, vanilla bean and savory herbs de Provence. A focused finish that pumps out serious length. Pair with Veal Parmesan. 93 Points - Wine Advocate.
6. Seghesio Old Vine Zin – Sonoma County, CA - 2011.
Blended with the finest lots from vineyards planted between 1920 and 1950. True old vine Zinfandel is distinguished by dry-farmed, thick, gnarled trunks and is planted with historic clones dating back to the years before Prohibition. “Medium-dark purplish ruby; attractive, forward, intense, briary, plummy, ripe dark cherry and blackberry fruit aroma; full body; big, rich, extracted, briary, rustic, blackberry flavors with a rough, gripping finish; full tannin; lingering aftertaste. Pair with Housemade Sausage & Broccolini Ravioli. 90 points - California Grapevine.
7. Upland Estates Julian (Rhone Blend) – 2009 – Snipes Mountain, WA.
60% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 20% Mouvedre. All grapes used in this Southern Rhone style blend are from the steep, rocky south slopes of Snipes Mountain. Extended whole berry fermentation and aged in 100% French oak for 20 months. This expressive Southern Rhone style blend is deep, rich and popping with dark fruit, ripe berry, anise, vanilla wafers, chocolate mocha and herbal earthy notes. The beautiful concentration of color leads way to lush fruit of blueberry & raspberries, subtle spice and a mid pallet that shows strength. These flavors linger into a bolder finish and refined tannins. Pair with Tortellini Oreste. Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards.
8. Sinclair Estate Vineyards Vixen - 2010 – Columbia Valley, WA.
30% Grenache (Upland), 30% Syrah (Stone Tree), 15% Malbec (Les Collines), 14% Mourvedre (Yellow Bird), 7% Cab (Heather Hill), 7% Cab (Les Collines). Barrel aged in French Oak for 29 months. Ripe and rich in flavors and aromatics. Aromas of brown sugar, cherry candy, cinnamon and fennel with a soft mid-palate of bitter sweet chocolate and toasted oak with a hint of eucalyptus. Ends with a spice finish. Pair with Cajun Seafood Sauté.
9. Meek Family Inherit – 2006 – Yakima Valley, WA.
47% Merlot, 40% Cab, 10% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec. Aged in new French oak for 26 months. Purple black in color with a completely opaque core. Mediterranean aromas of black olives, fresh herbs and blackberries. A thick, Unctuous mid palate of grilled poblano, soy sauce and blackberry jam lead to savory herb, and grilled meat flavors on the finish. A full-bodied wine with excellent structure, balance and supple tannins with rich, ripe flavors. Pair with Braised Pork Osso Buco.
10. Maison Bleue Jaja - 2012 – Columbia Valley, WA.
Grenache, Movedre, Syrah, Cunoise. Fresh and plump upfront with brambleberry, framboise and wild herb notes. Lush with vibrant berry flavors layered with minerality and notes of smoked meats. A very young wine that exudes it’s youth in the purity of fruit, yet shows depth beyond its years. A real gem for the Rhone lover. Pair with Matt’s Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.
11. Li Veli Pezzo Morgana Salice Salentino – Puglia – 2010.
A full and persistent fragrance with notes of prune & cherry jam, and sensations of caramel & pepper that reinforce a very interesting nose indicating a strong body. On the palate it is warm & radiant with flavors of pulpy fruit. It has a long finish with aromas of raisins and almonds. Pair with Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon.
12. D’Or et de Gueules Rouge Les Cimels – 2011 – Costieres de Nimes, France. 60% Syrah, 30% Carignan, 10% Grenache. Harvested by hand before fermenting all the varietals separately with long traditional extractions (28 days) for the syrah and carbonic maceration for the old carignan. The wine is aged in tanks for 2 years in order to have velvet round tannins. Deep coloured, spicy and concentrated mouth with a very good length. There is a complex nose of dark fruits, freshly cracked black pepper and herbs de Provence. The palate is full bodied with rich, juicy fruit filling the mouth. This wine is really ample and marked by elegance. Pair with Eggplant Parmesan.
13. Torres Celeste Crianza – 2010 – Ribera del Duero, Spain.
A star in Ribera del Duero. Celeste is an opulent wine brimming with fruit, body and colour: as unique as the night sky in the Ribera del Duero. At 895 metres altitude you can almost touch the stars. Here, at a height of 895 metres, Celeste is born, the Torres family’s first Ribera del Duero. Intense blackberry colour. Spicy and intense nose, with liquorice and black pepper hints on a base of well ripened fruits (blackberry and cherry). On the palate, very fruity at first with ripened tannins, also persistent and full bodied. Pair with Braised Pork Osso Buco.
91 points – Wine Advocate.
14. Vittorio Montepulciano d’Abruzzo - 2011 – Abruzzo, Italy.
100% Montepulciano. In 49 AD, the small but valiant Italic tribe of Abruzzo held off the mighty forces of Caesar in a heroic battle that lasted a full week. Making a mighty impression on the Emperor, he declared the Italics “victorious, even in defeat”. Their legend grew and their name “Italia” was eventually adapted across the nation. A warm supple wine, this Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is delightful and compelling. Its structure is softened by aromas of blackened fruit, sweet smoke and ripe plum. Pair with Spaghetti with sausage or meatballs.
If all be true that I do think, there are five reasons we should drink:
– good wine – good friends – or being dry – or lest we should be by and by
– or any other reason why.