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Three Blind Wines

Portland, OR

Tasted August 27, 2014 by Jake112380 with 312 views

Introduction

To accompany some good BBQ, my wife and I prepared three blind wines. All three were 2010 Walla Walla wines that prominently featured Bordeaux varietals--one Cab Sauv, one Malbec, and one RTW (which had some non Bordeaux grapes in it). Although the Malbec was the best wine of the night, the Firehouse Red stole the show, as everyone tasting thought it was one of the more expensive single varietal wines. Cheers!

Flight 1 (3 notes)

Red
2010 Patit Creek Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
88 points
Smooth, red and black fruits, but not as big as I expect a Walla Walla Cab to be. I actually mistook this one for the RTW.
Red
2010 Seven Hills Winery Malbec USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley
89 points
Big and bold. Slightly unripe blackberry nose, lots of black fruit on the palate and tons of tannins to match.
Red
2010 Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
87 points
Jammy, uncomplicated red fruit leads into oaky undertones. Very nice, but a bit hot and a bit thin. In a great compliment to the winemaker, or perhaps a sad commentary on our palates, none of the four people tasting this blind picked it--we all thought it was either a Cab or a Malbec.
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