Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: Southard 2010 Columbia Valley Red Wine

A wonderful dinner companion.

I first met winemaker Scott Southard at Taste Washington Seattle! His style of winemaking continues to impress. You don't know Scott Southard and his wines? It is time you did.

FYI: You can meet Scott Southard and sample his wines at Taste Washington Seattle 2013 this March 23 and 24. There's still time to purchase tickets.

photo: Southard 2010 Columbia Valley Red Wine.

Tasting Notes:
On the first day, this wine had a pretty ruby color. An exciting spicy nose, with sandalwood, nutmeg, cocoa, raspberry, graphite and strawberry. It was smooth, medium bodied, bright, with round spicy flavors of raspberry and strawberry. The finish was smooth, spicy, with fine tannin, raspberry and a bright, dry finish. This was a friendly, balanced wine. Tannin became more noticeable with air. The Southard 2010 Columbia Valley Red wine was a good match to the slow roasted rack of lamb I prepared.

On the second day, the Southard wine was fuller in the mouth with berry and espresso, gently grippy on the gums, lively on the tongue and a great sipper. You can drink this wine today or save it to enjoy over the next four years. Recommended.

Winemaker: Scott Southard
Blend: 55% Syrah, 45% Mouvedre
Closure: Screwcap
ABV: 14.5%
Sample provided by the winery

photo: Scott Southard.

The Southard family winery is located in Selah, Washington, across the street from their estate Riesling vineyard. I enjoyed visiting with Scott Southard at the Southard Winery in December. Where's Selah, Washington? Selah is just minutes from downtown Yakima. It was easy to find.

Southard Winery
(No tasting room, call for appointment)
Selah, Washington
670 Tibbling Rd  Selah, WA 98942
(509) 697-3003
www.southardwinery.com

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