Washington Bordeaux from Le Chateau
This week, we have two wines from Claar Cellars’ Le Chateau label: 2008 Castle Red and 2009 Petite Verdot. Le Chateau wines come Washington’s Columbia Valley, with fruit from Walla Walla, Horse Heaven Hills, and the greater Yakima Valley. Just $8.99!
Le Chateau 2008 Castle Red
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah
This is amazing deal on a Washington Bordeaux blend. When the wine industry was first starting in Washington, vineyards were modeled after those in the Bordeaux region of southwest France, because Washington and Bordeaux are (more or less) on the same latitude (47° and 44°, respectively). We say this is a “Washington Bordeaux” because of the bit of Syrah snuck in. Rich and layered, this big red has notes of blackberry pie, black cherry, toasty oak, and dark chocolate. The flavor of blackberry pie is a result of the age of this wine. With eight years in the bottle, expect the fruit to be more dense, less bright, and wonderfully rich and smooth. 60% in new French oak; 40% unoaked.
Le Chateau 2009 Petit Verdot
Varietal: 100% Petit Verdot
Another classic Bordeaux blend, by a Washington winery, for a bargain price. The Columbia Valley’s Indian summer of 2009 favored Petit Verdot and rewarded the winery with fruit with a deep eggplant color and bold, black fruit flavor. The flavor sings with bright blackberry and blueberry fruit, with hints of red licorice and clove for smoothness and spice. Aged in new French oak.
Just $8.99 each! Get a bottle of each while you can!