The other day, Jon pulled out a bottle that I had purchased at the Anacortes Wine Festival. For more on the Festival, click here. He has been unfortunate enough to be working the graveyard shift lately, so he uncorked this bottle when he got home from his workday at about 7 am. Since I was just getting ready to head off to work at that time, I wasn’t able to enjoy a glass with him. I had to wait. As Jon was not able to go to the wine festival with me, I asked him what he thought of my pick… he told me it wasn’t very good. However, he was pulling my leg – he loved it!
Jacob Williams Winery is located in Lyle, Washington, along the Columbia River Gorge. The views along this section of Washington are fantastic, with basalt cliffs looking out over the river gorge. When Jon and I were last in the area, we considered stopping at Jacob Williams, but didn’t end up having time. Boy, what a mistake that was! Next time we will be stopping in for sure!
Sadie Red is a blend of four grapes from six Columbia River Gorge vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. It is named after the family’s dog, but this wine is anything but! It has a light leather on the nose, and on the palate, it opens up to taste of blackberries and black cherry. This wine has strong tannins and a lot of body, with an alcohol by volume level of 13.6%. I would be curious to let this bottle age for a period of time. It needs to soften a bit, but is a fantastic wine.
I enjoyed my second glass the next night, and at this point, the wine had been open 3 days. The tannins had softened quite a bit, and I liked it even more. So, my suggestion, decant and give it a day to breathe…