Cave B Estate Winery: Part 2 – A Tale of Terroir

Photo: Cave B Estate Winery “A person who takes a simple idea and makes it tediously complex is referred to as an intellectual. A person who takes a tediously complex idea and makes it simple is called a genius. Condense the whole megillah into a line or two—then you really have something.” -Kinky Friedman “Le meilleur terroir ne diffère en rien du mauvais s’il n’est cultivé.”(The best terroir does not…

Cave B Estate Winery: Cabernet Franc 2009

Photo: Cave B Estate Winery Part 1 of 2 – Cave B Estate Winery 2012 Spring Release Every palate has a problem child…that irritating varietal or blend that scratches across the tongue like a load of lumber, with lashings of leather to finish. In the case of  binNotes, Cabernet Franc has acted out badly with unfailing regularity at each and every opportunity accorded its mostly Middle-Loire dwelling life. Until this…

More on 2012 WA State Wine Restaurant Awards

WA Wine Awards 2012 from L.M. Archer on Vimeo. binNotes just happened to be standing next to Nelson Daquip, Wine Director at Seattle’s Canlis Restaurant, before he was flash-mobbed for winning the Sommelier of the Year Award for his incomparable wine knowledge and  professionalism. Cheers! For more on the event, go to: www.washingtonwine.org/restaurantawards

2012 WA Wine Restaurant Awards

Photo: binNotes.com Kudos to Seattle Magazine and Washington State Wine for hosting a well-organized, well-attended (ok –  jam-packed, as you can see by binNotes over-the-heads-of-wall-to-wall attendees’ photo)  2012 Washington Wine Restaurant Awards at the Washington Athletic Club today. Top awards presented include: Restaurant of the Year Award: The Metropolitan Grill, Seattle Walter Clore Honorarium  Award for dedication to the advancement of the Washington wine industry: Budd Gould – Founder, Anthony’s Restaurants. The…

DRC 2009 Postscript

Aubert de Villaine For a bit of eloquence on the subject of yesterday’s post, binNotes offers the following from Aubert de Villaine himself regarding the 2009 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti: “2009 is a vintage, that, like many things in life, didn’t start with the best outlook….Regarding the reds, what else can I say? The mark of 2009 is that you have and exceptional vintage, both because of the quantity and…

Armageddon 2012: WWYBD?

Image: http://www.wineyields.com Yes, dear reader, it’s that time – yet another gentle  reminder about  Armegeddon 2012. Exactly  nine months left to get your end-of-the-world wine list in order for December 21, 2012. Not sure what you’ll be drinking, but top on binNotes list of I-must-be-dreaming-why does the end of the earth taste like heaven?-quaff: Romanee-Conti 2009 (ok, twist my arm – a vertical tasting of 1959, 1999, 2005 AND 2009 DRC.) But…

WillaKenzie Estate: Send in the Clones

In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was ‘Pinot Noir’. And it was good. Very good. Soul-smacking, heart-aching, mind-bending, pain-in-the-ass-but-worth-it, Burgundy IS the center of the universe, ‘can’t touch my climat’, “do you know who I am?!” good. And the Word went forth and multiplied…eventually reaching the Willamette Valley, and WillaKenzie Estate. And it was good. Very good. Dijon Clone 115-loving, southern-sloping, sandstone-suffering, no-grape-harvested-before-its-time,  true-to-its-terroir, balanced, dark berry…