Grand Cru 2005 Hospice de Beaune Bouchard Le Corton

Littorai Chardonnay Sonoma Coast Thieriot Vineyard 2009

This showed well right away. There were notes of pear and spice in the aroma. On the palate, the fruit notes were reflected with good minerality. From entry, middle and finish, the wine was quite complex with good balance. It was full bodied but also showed elegance and finesse. I would say that this will hold up for a couple of years.. There were only 182 cases made! This is a fine example of cooler climate California Chardonnay. The winery suggests serving the Asian and spicy foods. That is not my opinion!

Bordeaux Wine Cellaring

Château Calon Ségur

Caveman Cellars

Cool story from Reuters today about the discovery of a 6,000 year-old wine press in Armenia.  Follow this link for more:

...pursued by bear

Kyle MacLachlan pours his wine at Dunham

Chateau Lynch Bages & other recent tastes

Château Lynch Bages Pauillac 2006
This château dates back to 1691. Even though it was classified as a fifth growth, it is considered a “super second’ and sells at a higher price. Jean Michel Cazes is considered an icon in the wine business for improving the quality of this property and wine everywhere else as well. I had met him in Seattle in 1993. Even though he had stepped down as president, in September 2009, I asked if he was in the winery. He was in and graciously came downstairs and chatted with us for a few minutes. His son George Charles now runs the operation. The wine is made from about 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is always fragrant and is well balanced with excellent fruit and a lingering finish. Oak barrels are utilized but the wine is always harmoniously integrated. With decanting, this can be consumed early but the château has a proven track record for long cellaring. Recommended retail price is around $97.00.

Italian Pioneers of Walla Walla Wine

By Nick Tomassi

When I decided to write about The Italian Influence on Washington Wine, I looked on it as just another story about wine. My wife, Kathy, and I traveled to Eastern Washington to meet with and interview the descendants of those early Italian pioneers. We visited the men and a number of the sites they told us about, especially in the Walla Walla area.