Sunday, September 16, 2007

Gorman Winery 2007 Release Party

Gorman Winery
19501 144th Ave NE #C500
Woodinville, WA 98072

This afternoon we visited Gorman Winery for their 2007 Release Party. Owner and winemaker Chris Gorman has been making premium Northwest wines since 2002. His small winery produces about 1000 cases per year of wines from fruit predominantly grown in Red Mountain. Chris tells us that much of his fruit is grown at the Kiona Vineyards which has a reputation for great fruit. The winery is located in an unassuming warehouse building in a Woodinville commercial zone. The winery is only open to the public about 4 days per year and this event had the feel of a swank, "opening night" club party. Rock music was playing as we were greeted at the door with a warm welcome and an oversized Reidel wine glass. Chris is releasing three red wines from the fantastic 2005 vintage and a white wine from the 2006. All of the wines are fantastic. Here is a breakdown of what we tasted:

The Big Sissy Chardonnay 2006
Conner Lee Vinyard
This is an excellent Chardonnay with nice weight and character. It was made in new French oak adding a buttery finish and smoothness.

The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Red Mountain
This is a beautiful, full bodied Cabernet with a thick meaty mouth feel, oodles of dark berries and nice chewy tannins. This red is very youthful at this point but ready to drink now or later.

The Pixie Syrah 2005
Red Mountain
This red is 100% Syrah and we are told it is more "Old World" style. This wine is still slightly fruit forward with a luscious mouth feel and long finish. It had nice berry flavors with a hint of spice. This would be great with a rack of lamb with a mustard crust!

The Evil Twin 2005
Red Mountain
This is a lovely blend of 75% Syrah and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is big, bold and juicy with a nice structure and a good backbone. This full bodied wine delivers ample smooth tannins on a long finish. It is fruit forward without overstating its character. This will be great with any hardy food or well aged cheese.

Ps. They also served great CubaƱa Pulled Pork Sandwiches, to enjoy with the wine, and these were fantastic too!

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