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We just revisited the 2014 McCarthy & Schiering Pinot Noir made for the shops by Morgan Broadley, and we were pleased to see how much it has developed in the bottle. The wine has an earthy aroma, with wild berry scents reminiscent of Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru wines. It is rich and full on the palate, and will make a great wine to complement Copper River salmon this Spring.

2014 McCarthy & Schiering Pinot Noir Yakima Valley 22.95 net

Deal Of The Month

2014 JEAN-MARC BROCARD CHABLIS

One can clearly taste the Kimmeridgian soil in which the 2014 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis grapes were grown. A striking crisp minerality combines with yellow fruits—meyer lemon, grapefruit, and star fruit. The wine screams out for local shellfish or prawns in garlic butter.

2014 Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis ‘Sainte Claire’ 22.00 18.26VS

The Weekly Tasting

2014 PASSING TIME CABERNET SAUVIGNONS

We are honored to have UW Husky 1991 National Champion, and two-time Super Bowl winner Damon Huard visit the shops and pour his new regional bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Horse Heaven Hills’ combines 43% Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Champoux Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Klipsun Merlot, and 5% Champoux Cabernet Franc. The 2014 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley is a blend of 67% Seven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Pepper Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon, and 7% Figgins Estate Merlot. Both wines were barrel aged for 20 months in a high percentage of new oak. These wines reflect the terroir of their vineyards while being full flavored with beautiful finishes. Damon has promised to bring his Super Bowl ring with him! Come in and taste these wines with Damon on Saturday, April 29th.

2014 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills (Limited) 74.99 net

2014 Passing Time Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley (Limited) 74.99 net

New Arrivals

2015 DOMAINE WEINBACH - ALSACE

Domaine Weinbach is now run by Catherine Faller and her son, Théo. Medium to low yields produced concentrated and well balanced wines in the 2015 vintage at the domaine. They are expressive in their youth and have pure fruit aromas, lovely freshness, and long lasting finishes.

2015 Domaine Weinbach Pinot Blanc Réserve ‘Clos des Capucins’ 26.00 21.58VS

2015 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Réserve Personnelle ‘Clos des Capucins’ 29.00 24.07VS

2015 Domaine Weinbach Riesling ‘Cuvée Theo’ 37.00 30.71VS

2015 Domaine Weinbach Riesling ‘Cuvée Colette’ 47.00 39.01VS

2014 CHINOOK CABERNET FRANC

Wow, this is the stuff! We are not keen on the bell pepper note of underripe Cabernet Franc fruit. After tasting the 2014 Chinook Cabernet Franc, we clearly saw the beauty of this variety at its best. Clay Mackay said, “it has to be ripe”and he did that. A blend of one third Chinook Estate fruit and three clones of Boushey Vineyard fruit, the wine has a clean aroma, scented with wood, but not dominated by it. There is a pomegranite middle palate, and a hint of Cuban tobacco leaf. The fruit is bold and bright, and screams for skirt steak with a splash of chimichurri sauce.

2014 Chinook Cabernet Franc Yakima Valley 25.00 20.75VS

Staff Picks

GRAMERCY CELLARS

After sampling the new 2014 Gramercy Cellars reds, we could clearly see that Greg Harrington’s hand at making Rhône varietals has grown a notch. The vintage was good, but it is the texture and polish in these wines that is a cut above.

2014 Gramercy Cellars Syrah ‘Lagnaippe’ Columbia Valley 66.00 54.78VS

2014 Gramercy Cellars Syrah ‘The Deuce’ Walla Walla Valley 60.00 49.80VS

2014 Gramercy Cellars Mouvèdre ‘l’Idiot du Village’ Walla Walla Valley 46.00 38.18VS

2014 ABEJA MERLOT

Dan Wampfler, former winemaker at Dunham Cellars and a team winemaker at Columbia Crest, has taken over the reins at Abeja. He crafted a great wine in the 2014 Abeja Merlot. It is dense, full, and properly ripe. New oak is present but not obvious. There is a touch of Petit Verdot that adds a mineral note to the wine’s blackcherry fruit. The quality is striking, and really sets this apart from the pack.

2014 Abeja Merlot Columbia Valley 47.00 39.01VS