Monday, November 10, 2008

Alexandria Nicole Winery

Alexandria Nicole Winery

Alexandria Nicole Cellars is a Washington State winery dedicated to producing small lots of hand-crafted wines from their 243 acre Destiny Ridge Estate Vineyard located high above the bluffs on the Columbia River, near the town of Patterson, Washington. We are members of their wine club and are lucky to enjoy many of these well crafted wines form the Horse Heaven Hills region of the Columbia Valley. This past weekend we attended the Holiday release party at their Woodinville tasting room. The party featured great wines and music and here is a description of two of the featured wines that we obtained for our cellar. Here is a picture of Kate with winemaker Jarrod Boyle.

Featured red wine releases:
(Descriptions from the winery)

2006 Destiny

This dark purple wine shows concentrated aromas of spice, blackberry, cassis, eucalyptus and dried herb aromas. The mouth holds ripe blueberry, leather, minerality and hints of oak toast. The flavors are well-developed with bold tannins adding to the finish, with a medium to full body and wonderful balance of richness and texture in the palate. This dark beauty is wonderful now but promises to hold for years to come.225 cases. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, , 11% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot, and 3% Malbec. Aged in 90% new French oak and 10% neutral oak for 18 months.

2005 MacKay Duck Press Red

Duck Press Red is rich, bold wine with a full-bodied mouth feel, a bouquet of dark fruit aromas, with layers of jammy fruit, blackberry, and intense mocha flavors. On the finish, it is long and toasty with oak components punctuated by brown sugar, vanilla bean dust adding to the soft tannins. The fruit was sourced from four different blocks within Destiny Ridge Vineyard. 156 cases. 56% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, and 10% Malbec

Both these wines are truly delicious and elegant and show that Alexandria Nicole can produce world-class wines with great character and distinction. Bravo!

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