Thursday, December 24, 2009

Townshend Cellars Vortex Red Colmbua Valley

A Bordeaux style blend of Cab, Merlot, and Cab Franc. 13.6% alcohol. 15$ Definitely got some cherry, raspberry, chocolate, pencil lead, with just a little bit of herbal character hanging out in the background. This is quite nice, especially for free. Sweet, ripe, tasty, good balance. B/B+


Jim said...

Never heard of this one, but it sounds interesting. I'm thinking of making Washington a focus for my wine drinking in 2010. (Well, I say that, but I also want to focus on Portugal, Montsant, Rhone, and Northern Italy so we'll see how focused I really am.) Lots of good stuff coming out of there and often in a more balanced style than CA.

Also, what's up with putting the $ after the price (e.g., 15$)? The first few times I noticed it in your posts, I thought it was a typo, but it seems to be a choice. What's the story?

Jeff said...

Funny, mentioning the dollar sign thing. You're not the first. I don't really know why--I think it's actually the British way--that's just the way it comes out. I'm not a fan of The Elements of Style either, I guess. Haha. Anyways, I think lots of Wshington wine doesn't make it very far out of the state, but more is becoming available, at least in California. What I like about Washington (other than it's where I'm from) is that the cooler climate seems to allow for modern wines that have old world elements. In others words, all that's good from California, mixed with what's good about the old world.