Recently my wife and I went to Washington wine country. Yes, Washington State is the
#2 wine producing regions in the US beyond the Napa valley region with a lot of great
wine producers. Over two days we went to 19 wineries, tasted over 100 different wines,
and bought 79 bottles. If the wine was good and expensive we bought a bottle or two,
if it was good and cheap we bought a few bottles. Yes, instead of spending our money
on Hawaii hotels and plane flights we drove and stayed at Best Westerns in order to
buy wine. In order to really get something out of this we also decided we would take
notes on the wines we bought as we drank them in order to gain some education along
the way and know what to buy more of in the future.
The first bottle we opened was the 2001 Silver
Lake Cabernet Merlot. The acids and tannins give this wine a dry aftertaste on
the tongue. It’ s not bold, but rather smooth to drink and a little watery. I’ve been
enjoying it on it’s own to relax in the evenings after dinner. In all it is pretty
good for $12 a bottle. In case you are curious, here are the wine tasters official
notes with highlights of what we agreed with:
CABERNET-MERLOT (official) The blending of these Bordeaux classics, Cabernet
Sauvignon and Merlot, has produced a wine with fresh and lively blackberry fruit aromas
and red raspberry and cherry overtones. The ripe fruit flavors are supported
by the subtle nuances of vanilla and cedar. Produced in a light refreshing
style this is the perfect wine for casual entertaining and everyday enjoyment.
Update: Also good with spicy foods.