May 26, 2010

2 Great Deals on Washington State Wines

Great Deal on 2 Washington State Wines!

Reg. $26.99, Sale $14.99

We tasted these wines in 2008 when the wines first arrived in Maine and loved them! We just tried them again and they are still great!

The wines were first at Pine State Distributors and are now with SOPO (South Portland Wine Co.). Those 2 companies traded brands and SOPO has the Milbrandt Wines. Doug and Cat wanted to move these 2 wines out to make room for the newer vintages. So, they gave me a great deal and I’m passing the deal onto you!

Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyard in 1997. In the ensuing decade, Milbrandt Vineyards earned a reputation for growing some of Washington State's finest grapes. These grapes have found their way into many of Washington's most sought-after wines and the Milbrandt name and vineyards are featured on many prestigious labels. In 2005, the Milbrandt brothers decided it was time to make wine from their own vineyards. So, they hired away the winemaker, Gordon Hill, from Chateau Ste. Michelle. Gordon also helped legendary winemaker Jed Steele create and establish Northstar Wines. Northstar makes incredibly good Bordeaux-style wines from Washington.

Wine #1

Milbrandt Vineyards “The Estates” Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (Washington) Reg. $26.99, Sale $14.99
– The wine is a dark, rich color. It has aromas and flavors of blackberries, black currants, plums, vanilla and smoke. It has a nice spiciness. The tannins are soft and fine-grained. Smooth, rich wine that has a lush, full texture.

All the grapes for this wine come from the Wahluke Slope AVA (American Viticultural Region) in Eastern Washington, specifically from the Northridge and Clifton Hill Vineyards. Located midway between Seattle and Spokane it is bordered by the Columbia River to the southwest and Hanford Reach National Monument to the east. With its dry, temperate climate and porous, low-nutrient soils, the Wahluke Slope is gaining recognition as one of the finest AVAs in the state.

Blend of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. The Petit Verdot and Malbec add color and body to the wine. 1,284 cases made.

Food pairing – steak, beef, lamb, etc. Wine Enthusiast, 90 points

Wine #2

Milbrandt Vineyards “Legacy” Merlot 2005 (Washington) Reg. $26.99, Sale $14.99
– This is Merlot as it should be – rich, big and velvety! Aromas and flavors of dark berries, black currants, cedar and leather. Great red berry fruit on the finish. This is smooth and tasty!

Blend of Merlot (77.5%), Cabernet Sauvignon (19.5%) and Petite Verdot (3%). The Petit Verdot and Cabernet add weight and body to the wine.

Food pairing – roasted chicken or duck, steak, chicken marsala, mushroom dishes. Wine Enthusiast, 89 points

If you want any of these wines, let me know soon. I only have 84 bottles of the Cab and 91 bottles of the Merlot.

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