Ginkgo Forest Winery 2008 Cabernet Franc, $26, (22 cases) Wahluke Slope
Chateau Faire le Pont 2009 Carménère, $40, (75 cases) Yakima Valley
Judges’ comments: Not far from Mattawa on the warm Wahluke Slope, Ginkgo Forest is proving to be a player in the Washington wine scene. This Cab Franc from estate grapes offers aromas of black cherry, mocha, moist earth and blueberry, followed by flavors of clove, black currant, plum and cranberry. It’s a hedonistic wine and bigger than many Cab Francs, and it should pair perfectly with beef bourguignon.
Judges’ comments: Simply put, owner Doug Brazil is making some of the region’s top wines at his Wenatchee winery. Carménère is a rare Bordeaux red variety that was thought to be nearly extinct until enjoying a revival in the past 15 years. This is a great example, thanks to its aromas of black cherry and black pepper, followed by flavors of rich dark fruit, walnut and exotic spices. Every Carménère should strive to be this good.
Tasting room open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday 22561 Road T.7 S.W., Mattawa (1.5 miles north of Mattawa) (509) 932-0082; ginkgowinery.com
Tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday though Saturday 1 Vineyard Way, Wenatchee (509) 667-9463; fairelepont.com
Tacoma tasting room open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday 2221 N. 30th St. (Old Town), Tacoma (253) 301-4372; ginkgowinery.com
September / October 2013
Published on Aug 21, 2013