Washington Wine of the Week – Selections for Summer, 2020

For the week of July 5, 2020: Callan Cellars 2017 Meritage – This blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Malbec is a ‘wow’ wine on every level. It’s layered, complex, and a sensual feast with eucalyptus and anise aromatics and flavors of black licorice, candied cherry, and blackberry pie. The finish suggests a dusting of cinnamon spice, with ample tannins that add character and depth and make it an ‘enjoy it now or enjoy it later’ choice. Put this wine on your must-try list. Sourced from Boushay, Dineen, and Elephant Mountain Vineyards.

For the week of June 28, 2020: :Nota Bene Cellars 2016 Cabernet Franc – Cabernet Franc sometimes comes across as too green or vegetal, but this gorgeous selection, sourced from the Yakima Valley’s Dineen Vineyard, proves that the varietal is perfectly capable of showing its softer side as well. A base of intense black olive, cherry, and berry fruit finishes with a gentle flourish of white peppercorn and crushed herbs. This is a beautifully crafted, beautifully balanced Cabernet Franc, displaying a seamless transition between the varietal’s fruit and savory elements.

For the week of June 21, 2020: Dynasty Cellars 2017 Riesling – Just released and perfect for summer, this Riesling from the Bellingham winery almost comes across as a Sauvignon Blanc with its herbal aromatics, lemongrass, wet stone, and citrus flavors, and racy acidity. The bone-dry finish includes a gentle, underlying layer of stone fruits and the wine practically demands a food pairing of seafood or shellfish. Try it well-chilled with clams, mussels or oysters; then kick back and enjoy what promises to be an unforgettable summer.

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