|Enjoying a glass of Silver Lake wine and the view.|
Two weeks ago I wrote about my impulsive trip to Zillah, Washington (Escape to Zillah). It was a sparkling, sunny morning when the road called out to me. I found myself unpredictably in the small winery community of Zillah, Washington. When in wine country, one should take advantage of the occasion to go taste wine. Tooling down the winding, shoulder-less road, I randomly chose, and followed the sign pointing the way to Silver Lake Winery.
|Silver Lake Winery and Vineyards.|
|The view from the tasting room patio.|
|2008 Silver Lake Cabernet Merlot.|
2008 Silver Lake Cabernet Merlot, Tasting Notes:
When I first opened the bottle at home and poured myself a taste, there was distinct ginger bread and chocolate covered cherries in the mouth and finish, I set the bottle aside for 2 hours while I prepped dinner...the following notes are from 2 hours later.
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Oaky, earthy, mushroom, cherry background, hint of eucalyptus.
Mouth: Good mouth feel, cherry, vanilla, and an herbal component which reminds me of a cherry Sucrets, eucalyptus, dry and grippy, what I think of as “proper grippy” (as in “that wine is proper grippy and would go great with a grilled steak”).
This bottle emptied quickly and was thoroughly enjoyed. The 2008 Silver Lake Cabernet Merlot is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, Rattlesnake Hills AVA, 13.9% alcohol. Retail price: $12. Recommended + a Terrific Value. Seek this label out; they are producing some very good and reasonably priced wines.
FYI: Silver Lake has new label called “Girly Girl” wines. Have you noticed them at your local grocer? The Girly Girl wines have proven very successful for the winery; they quickly sold out of some their first releases and are releasing more.
|Silver Lake tasting room pour.|
open daily from 10 am to 5 pm (April – November) and
open Thursday – Monday from 11 am to 4 pm, (December – March).
On weekends they have Saturday and Sunday Barbeques. This facility is in a beautiful setting for some Washington wine adventures. Go visit them when you pass through the Valley. They also have a Woodinville tasting room, check their website for location and hours.
Silver Lake Winery, 1500 Vintage Road, Zillah, WA 98953
Call: 509.829.6235, Fax: 509.829.6895