|Ready for Virtual Tasting.|
My tasting notes and feedback from the virtual tasting.
I encourage you to join us when you can.
The January Virtual Tasting wine was the Stonecap 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley. This wine retails for around $10 and is widely available in Washington. The tasting took place on Wednesday January 30th from 7-8 pm PST.
- In general, my fellow tweeters and virtual tasters were no big fans of the label, except that it was easy to spot on the shelf (there's value in that).
- Someone tweeted that the 2011 label is better.
- At first, some herbal notes on the nose, menthol in background, pencil shavings, cherry, bit earthy/mushroom.
- After 30 minutes, some lovely big, Bing cherry on the finish. Not too dry, not too bright, with a medium finish. Bit of espresso vapor appeared too, and some green tea and mushroom in that palate.
- After 45 minutes, a hole opened mid-palate.
- After 2 hours mostly coffee on the nose, flavors muted, acid more obvious.
- The consensus was: This wine is correctly priced. Reasonable value. Best as a food wine, drink with a good wood-fired pizza or pasta with red sauce and you will enjoy this wine.
1. Buy the curent month’s wine from a local retailer or direct from the winery.
2. Have a twitter account.
3. Tweet your comments about the wine on Twitter, as each participant opens their bottle and shares comments about the wine between 7 and 8pm PST. For those on Twitter, follow @wawinereport.
Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan) hosts the monthly virtual tastings. I began attending these virtual tastings last year. Truly a lot of fun and another way to connect with like minded souls. Good sensory and palate exercise too. For my tweets, follow @wild4wawine.
|photo: 2010 StoneCap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.|
AVA: Columbia Valley
Closure: natural cork
Paid: $9.48 at local grocer
Grown, produced, bottled by: Goose Ridge Vineyards, Benton City, WA
About StoneCap Wines
StoneCap Wines are made entirely from estate grown grapes from the renowned Goose Ridge Estate Vineyard in Washington State's Columbia Valley. This expansive (1,600 acres) and highly regarded vineyard allows the Monson Family to produce quality wines while remaining reasonably priced.
- April 2012 Virtual Tasting Notes: 2009 Charles Smith Wines Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon.
- September 2012 Goose Ridge Winery Visit.