Hamilton Cellars has a tasting room in South Richland; lucky me, it's easily within walking distance. My wife is supplying me with regular doses of Hamilton Cellars wines. One of the bottles I recently opened was the Hamilton Cellars 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
I first visited this wine two years ago at the winery. It is aging gracefully.
Day One Tasting Notes:
Color: Dark, brooding purple.
Nose: Bakers chocolate, cherry turnover, pepper mill.
Palate: Full in the mouth, baked cherry, vanilla, chocolate. Bright front palate, fine tannin, dry, not aggressive. Medium finish.
Day Two Tasting Notes:
Cola, licorice nose, with cherry, cola palate. Smoother, richer, more integrated on day two.
Synopsis: Big shoulders, big wine, big like. If you have the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, it is ready to drink now. You could also hold this wine for about another 10 years. Recommended.
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure: Natural cork.
Hamilton Cellars is located in Queens Gate Village, on Keene Road in South Richland. They have plenty of room for you and your friends - put them on your must visit list.
1950 Keene Rd, Bldg I, Richland, WA 99352
Phone: 509-628-8227, 509-628-2907 (fax)
Tasting room is open: Wednesday & Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm, Thursday 12:00 - 6:00pm, Friday - Sat 12:00 - 8:00 pm, or by appointment*
Closed Christmas and New Year's Day
This wine is made by renowned winemaker Charlie Hoppes.
Hamilton Cellars is owned by Stacie and Russ Hamilton. Stacie was our friendly hostess when we visited the tasting room and she remarked that every time Charlie stops by, he has a glass of the Rosé of Malbec. Charlie has spent the past 20 + years as a leading winemaker for several noted Washington wineries. He was Assistant Winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, then Head Red Winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle's facility at Paterson, where he helped create the premium label for Col Solare's first two vintages. In 1999 Charlie worked to help start Three Rivers Winery in Walla Walla, and then began his own label for Fidelitas wines in 2000. Although Charlie serves as consulting winemaker for various wineries, he has the talent to meld his extensive winemaking skills with the palates of the owners, creating a unique reflection for each winery.