By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 at 2:49 pm in Corkheads.
Traditions 2007 Pinot Gris, Washington State: A racy little one. Most of the grapes for this tangy wine hail from the Millbrandt’s 1,600-feet-high Evergreen Vineyards. Combine that mountain climate with the broken basalt soils and the result is an almost chalky minerality that begs for leafy greens or raw fish soaked in lime vinaigrette. Around $12.99.
Traditions 2006 Merlot, Washington State: Merlots such as this one remind us of the grape’s potential for elegance and quaffability. It’s got a lot of soft, ripe fruit flavors and a dusty edge with lovely, lush tannins. It’s a sexy, sophisticated wine, and a steal at $14.99.
Estates 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State: This cabernet hails from Eastern Washington’s Wahluke Slope, where long, hot days and virtually no rain fall produces full-bodied, intense blackberry flavors and a smokiness I usually associate with Paso Robles Syrah. Robust yet integrated. $24.99.