A few weekends ago it was another rainy, windy weekend, so Jon and I decided to spend the day tasting down in Woodinville, WA. It had been awhile since we were there, and we didn’t have anything else going on, so we piled in the car and hit the road.
Ninety minutes later we had reached our destination, and after a stop at Panera Bread for lunch, we were ready to taste. We decided to try some wineries that we had never been to before, and we ended up near the historic Schoolhouse building. On the other side of the roundabout are several tasting rooms in a retail development that has only been there a few years.
We started our day at Dusted Valley. The Dusted Valley winery facility is located in Walla Walla, but they have a tasting room in Woodinville as well. We were greeted warmly by the server, and started off on the 2010 Cinsaut. It is a light blend of 80% Cinsaut and 20% Syrah, from the Stoney Vine Estate in the Walla Walla Valley. It is a excellent light, acidic wine, perfect for drinking now.
Next we had the 2011 Rachis Syrah, a wine containing 98% Syrah with 2% Petite Sirah blended in. The grapes are sourced from the Stone Tree Vineyard in the Red Heaven area of the Columbia Valley. After that we tried the 2011 Cabernet Franc – a Columbia Valley wine with 91% Cabernet Franc and 9% Merlot. It is a big, smooth red wine.
The 2011 V.R. Special Cabernet Sauvignon was next – it is a 99% Cabernet Sauvignon with just 1% of Petit Verdot blended in. It is named for the V.R. Special Chocolate Chip Cookie created by the winemaker’s grandfather Vernon Rhodes in the Midwest. The 2011 Petite Sirah contained 95% Petite Sirah and 5% Syrah. It is a dark, inky red color with strong balanced tannins.
And we finished off the tasting with the 2009 Late Harvest Syrah. It is not a fortified wine, but is a heavy, syrupy wine with a strong alcohol content. Jon really liked this wine.
All of the wines were excellent – there weren’t any that I didn’t like. That said, my favorites were the Cinsaut and the Petite Syrah.
Dusted Valley also produces a second, value label – Boomtown. They don’t taste or sell it at the tasting room, but I purchased a bottle later in the day that I found at Cost Plus World Market – given how much I liked the Dusted Valley wines that we tried, I am looking forward to tasting the Boomtown wine we bought.
Our next stop was Trust Cellars – I’ll blog about that next!
Have you tried Dusted Valley wines? What did you think?