Note to self re: Taste Washington 2012: focus…Focus…FOCUS!!!
With over 220 wineries, 50 restaurants, and 45 vendors overflowing the CenturyLink Field Event Center, not to mention droves of VIPS, guest chefs and rabid food-and-winers to maneuver, binNotes CAN make one sober observation: Everyone brought their A-Game.
And, despite the distractions, some clear contenders DO emerge from the spit-bucket of samplings to incorporate into binNotes ‘Armageddon 2012’ Wine list.
PhotoFinish: (Definite Armageddon 2012 A-Listers – too close to call):
L’Ecole No. 41 – 2008 Estate Merlot, Walla Walla (I know, I know – the 2008 Estate Perigee Red Bordeaux Blend- Walla Walla rocks, too.)
DeLille Cellars – 2009 Chaleur Estate Red Bordeaux Blend – Red Mountain (Ok – anything from DeLille, really, but an executive decision had to be made.)
Col Solare – 2008 Shining Hill Red Blend, Columbia Valley
Best in Show: (Worth inviting to the party):
Tranche Cellars: 2007 Slice of Pape Red Rhône Blend (Glorious garnet robe, smooth finish.)
Forgeron Cellars: 2007 Infinity Blend (VERY tough call between this and their 2010 Vigneron Select Chardonnay – artist at work.)
Waters Winery: 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – Columbia Valley (pretty red dress, balanced, with a soft kiss of finish.)
Trifecta (Solid pours across the boards):
Ok, while it feels like binNotes left no winery untasted this weekend, some may have been overlooked (regrets…) Stay tuned…the countdown to binNotes’ ‘A-List 2012’ continues…cheers!