195 NE Gilman Blvd, Issaquah,
Phone: 001 425 489 0544 Fax: 001 425 391 3827
UK importer: Berkmann Wine Cellars
This Washington State producer makes distinctive wines. I was a bit
unsure about the Fumé Chardonnay, but the three reds were superb
examples, culminating in the lovely 1997 Red Mountain Reserve.
1999 Fumé Chardonnay
A rather unusual blend of 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 75% Chardonnay.
This wine shows an unusually intense, aromatic herbal nose. The herbal
character carries through to the palate. Very unusual, and a bit
off-putting. Good/very good
1999 Columbia Valley Red
This blend of Cabernet and Merlot has a lovely, leafy herbal nose
with pronounced berry fruit character. On the palate the ripe fruit
dominates. Concentrated and accessible, this is bright, tasty stuff.
1998 Three Vineyards
Attractive nose showing blackcurrant fruit with some smoke and
herbs. Dense fruit and firm tannins on the palate. Needs time? Very
good+ (This is stocked by Waitrose in the UK, priced around £15)
1997 Red Mountain Reserve
Exotic, menthol-laced nose with pure fruit and lush oaking. Dense,
spicy and rich on the palate: almost impenetrable, with lots of fruit
and new oak. Very full on and in an international style, this wine
shows good ageing potential. Very good/excellent