Rich, dense aromas of cocoa, prunes, cedar, cherry and mint. Concentrated, fairly low-acid mouthfeel with dark-fruit, chocolate and coffee flavors. Noticeable but plush broad tannins on the finish. No sharp edges here. Very obvious, but charmingly so.
Known as Blaufrankisch in Europe and some say a relative to Gamay, this grape does quite well in Washington. The wild berry aromas have a pleasant floral quality, and the blackberry flavors finish juicy and ripe, making for an entertaining wine.
Sassy and stylish white wine from Burgundy’s most obscure white grape. Well-ripened flavors of apple and pear, sliding gracefully toward the peach end of the spectrum, create a full, fleshy wine that retains its crisp definition around the edges. No oak here, none needed; just good, ripe fruit.
Just a hint of horsey leather over dense, cherry liqueur flavors. The wine is earthy but carries it well, and the super-saturated fruit offers substantial flavors that carry the authority and taste of old vines.
This unique wine, made in California by Jed Steele, is sourced from Washington’s only planting of Aligoté. Bright and spicy, it’s anchored with solid apple/pear fruit flavors and zippy acidity.
Full, forward, fleshy nose shows lots of bright, spicy fruit. Unlike a lot of lower cost Zins, this wine has a lot of sweet fruit, and enough body and weight to carry through past the nose into a big, satisfying finish. Nice toast, plenty of acid, a bit hot in the finish.
Shooting Star is an auxiliary label for Jed Steele. It’s also the first step in his Chardonnay program, and it’s better than many top-of-the-line Chards. This is 100% barrel-fermented in French oak. It’s perfectly balanced and utterly delicious.