Posted By Nora McDougall-Collins on June 9, 2012
Best Buy – Rand Sealy, “Review of Washington Wines June 2012″
The viticultural talents of David Jones shine in this 100% Dwelley Jones Viognier. The aromas explode with pear and apple scents. The bright acidity has been balanced with just a hint of sweetness for a smooth feel on the palate. This Viognier is perfect for enjoying on warm summer evenings. And, it will pair nicely with rich or slightly spicy pork, fish or poultry, including Asian, Indian, or smoky flavors. This wine is off dry and very smooth on the palate.
100% Syrah from Spofford Station Vineyards, co-fermented on Viognier skins. 13.5% Alcohol. Notes of black pepper, raspberry, blueberry, bramble and a bit of lavender. Favors dishes of beef, venison, lamb, salmon or tuna.
2008 Dinner Bell Red
57% Walla Walla Valley Sangiovese, 29% Horse Heaven Hills Grenache, 14% Red Mountain Petit Verdot. Alcohol 14.3%, 86 cases produced. This very “food friendly” blend now and “IS” will aging well!
2009 Merlot *(Bronze)
100% Walla Walla Valley Merlot; sourced 50% from Dwelley Vineyards, 50% Spofford Station.
Aged in 50% new oak, 18 months, 125 cases bottled June 2011.
With its ripe aromas of raspberry, cherry, dried herbs and supple persistent sweet dry flavors, this wine makes a fine accompaniment to poultry or lamb.
2009 Combine * (Gold & Best of Class “Super Tuscan”)
80% Sangiovese, 13% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, Blue Mountain Vineyards, Walla Walla Valley.
Aged in 50% new oak, 18 months, 90 cases bottled June 2011.
Ruby color, this wine’s raspberry, cherry, spice nose and classic ripe dark fruit flavors combine qualities of the “old world” and the “new world”.
* Pacific Rim International, Riverside, CA April 2012