Sunday, October 11, 2009

Kiona Cabernet Sauvignon, 1999

Kiona Cabernet Sauvignon, 1999

Kiona Vineyards and Winery was started after the Williams family, in 1975, planted the first vineyards on what is now known as the Red Mountain Appellation of Washington State. Since then, Kiona has developed a world-wide reputation for great fruit and producing wines of extraordinary quality. Over the past few years the Red Mountain Appellation has gained great respect. Not only does Kiona make their own wines, but they also sell their excellent grapes to other fine winemakers such as Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery. Last night we decided to pull this 10 year-old Cabernet form our cellar. We brought this wine with us to the new Bellevue Purple Café. What a great night! The new Purple Café is a Mecca for wine and food lovers. With a lively modern-urban design, great food choices and walls of wine (literally), it is a welcome addition to downtown Bellevue. We were seated at the tasting counter where we enjoyed some tasty “small plates” that paired well with this wine. This Kiona Cabernet made the Wine Spectator “Top 100 List” back in 2002. The wine had a dark ruby red color with a scarlet rim. The nose is lovely with complex berry notes and some dusty earth. The wine delivers a broad mouthful of mature fruit with cherry, cassis, espresso and smoke. This is a full bodied, chewy and concentrated wine with layers of fruit and smooth tannins creating an elegant and delicious finish. There is subtle oak and acidity that complete the profile of this lovely wine. We had purchased two bottles back in 2002, and this is the last one from the cellar. Oh well!
PS ... Check out the new Barrio Restaurant and Purple Café and Wine Bar in downtown Bellevue!

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