Monday, July 24, 2006

July Cherry Pick

My pick of the month was difficult, but lately I have been reading a lot of good press about the wines at Cougar Crest Winery. The Wine Spectator has been giving the Cougar Crest estate selections excellent ratings, besides these wines have been winning medals from various competitions.

Last week at the store I discovered Cougar Crest Walla Walla Valley Estate Grown Anniversary Cuvee - 2003. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot tastes of dark fruit, mocha and spice. Lots of toasty oak coming through. One could lay this cuvee down for about 4-6 years.

Harvey at the Wine Spectator liked this wine and gave it 90 points. At the 2006 L.A. County Fair Wines of the World Competition it received a silver medal and a gold medal at the Central Washington State Fair Washington State Wine Competition in June. My pick is a well crafted wine by winemaker, Deborah Hansen and surprisingly affordable at $29.

4 comments:

Mark for Cab & Chocolate said...

Found your blog just surfing along......lived in Seattle for a long time...and I could add coffee to my name as well.

Good food, friends and bottle of something enchanting makes an evening.

Catie said...

Hey Mark,
That is a great description on your website about Cabernet and Chocolate.
Thanks for stopping by.
Cheers!
Catie

melinda said...

Hi Catie,
You mentioned that this wine could be put down for 4 - 6 years. This is something that I would like to understand better. How can you determine the ageablility of wine? I have learned that a long finish is one indication of quality, but outside if that, how do you know?

Catie said...

Hi Melinda,
How long can we age a bottle of wine? The answer could be pulling a number out of the hat and guessing. Seriously though, I don't think there is any specific answer because it is going to depend on the grape and the winemaker. Maybe I will post a blog about it. There are many variables (give me a couple of days).