Washington State

     Thursday June 21, 2012

Reservations Closed
Course Pairing / Description Wine
Hors D' Oeuvres Dill Crusted Fried Oysters Carrot Slaw With Honey-Lime Vinaigrette Summer Apple "Popsicles" Sparkling White Grape Juice And Fresh Basil Chiffonade
Winemaker's notes that the 2010 Eroica Riesling exudes mandarin orange and sweet lime aromas and flavors with subtle mineral notes. The mouth-watering acidity is beautifully balanced by flavorful Washington Riesling fruit with crisp acidity and enhanced mineralilty. "Eroica has a proven ability to age; in fact it needs at least a half decade in the cellar to show its real strengths. Tight and packed with primary fruit flavors of lime and peach, this beautifully proportioned wine has perceptible sweetness but plenty of natural acidity. Lively and fresh today, but best given a few more years in the cellar. 93 Points, Wine & Spirits "Light and appealing for its delicate pear and peach flavors, with hints of mineral and chalk, dancing lightly through the open-weave, off-dry finish." 91 Points, The Wine Advocate "The 2010 Eroica Riesling had just been bottled when I tasted it. It displays similar aromatics but with more elevated acidity, a characteristic of the vintage that provides considerable refreshment in the finish." 92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Chateau St. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2010
Appetizer Course Crispy Polenta, Roasted Tomato And Portobello Stack Charred Tomato And Butter Fondue And Asparagus Confetti
“The 2008 Ethos Chardonnay features a unique blend of fruit from our Horse Heaven, Canoe Ridge Estate and Cold Creek vineyards. I really love the harmony that all three vineyards provide to this year’s blend. The Horse Heaven provides some nice apple notes with beautiful aromatics, the Canoe adds elegance and balance, and the Cold Creek brings weight and structure – hence ageability. This Chardonnay is truly an expression of the winemaking team wanting to look at “old world” models, it will benefit from 4-5 years of aging if you can wait that long. Enjoy!” Bert Berteau, winemaker Savory scents of eggnog and caramel give way to flavors of ripe apple and pear, all marked by a hazelnut sweetness from the oak. After a day, lees notes develop, giving the wine heft and a savory elegance. A stylish wine for Dungeness crab. 92 points Wine & Spirits The 2008 Ethos Chardonnay is a blend in which half the wine was native fermented, and all of it was aged sur lie in French oak for 9 months. Light gold in color, it offers up a nose of toasty oak, pear, white peach, and tropical fruits. Round and toasty on the palate, this rich savory effort may well evolve for another 1-2 years and drink well through 2017. 91 points The Wine Advocate.
Chateau St. Michelle Ethos Chardonnay 2008
Appetizer Course Crispy Polenta, Roasted Tomato And Portobello Stack Charred Tomato And Butter Fondue And Asparagus Confetti
Yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a lemon and tangerine like bouquet with a hint of oak. The flavor profile is full bodied, round and displays a touch of acidity. The flavor profile is a butterscotch and Bartlett pear blend with nice integrated vanilla oak. Also detected, some white pepper and spice. The finish is dry and its refreshing acidity lingers for quite some time. “The warmth of the Wahluke Slope produces Chardonnay with an appealing tropical fruit character and rich, creamy texture. The Indian Wells Chardonnay delivers ripe sweet fruit flavors with caramel and brown sugar notes. I like this wine with scallops, scampi or pasta with rich sauces.” Bert Berteau, winemaker This Chardonnay will appeal to oak lovers and will pair very nicely with chicken cordon bleu or roasted chicken. Selected from more than 3,700 wines priced $18 or less. Recommended wine: Indian Wells Chardonnay - 88 points, Wine & Spirits 2/12
Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Chardonnay 2009
Fowl Course Crispy Skinned Duck Breast And Porcini Ragout Pearl Onions, Celery And Asparagus With Rosemary And Marsala
This Merlot is very deep purple in color. It has aromas of blackberry, plum and cherry. It has a bold blackberry taste, blended with a cherry and chocolate finish. The wine is very velvety and the flavors are rich, bold and smooth. This wine has been called a Merlot for those who are not typically a fan of Merlot. “The H3 Merlot opens with aromas of raspberries, black pepper and earthy tones which lead to flavors of chocolate covered cherries and plum preserves on the silky smooth palate. The flavors and aromas cumulate in to an intense – yet elegant – finish.", Says Juan Munoz Oca, Winemaker of this 14.5% wine that is a blend of 96% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Malbec. Fresh and vibrant, this is lively with dark berry, mocha and tobacco flavors, finishing with a mild grip of tannins. Drink now through 2013. 89 points - Wine Spectator.
Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Merlot 2009
Game Course Braised Lamb Cheeks Natural Cabernet Pan Jus' And Crispy Thyme Salt Dusted Yukon Gold Potato Wedges With Roasted Red Pepper Catsup
“The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate, ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine really typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors with hints of vanilla. Vineyards in the area are more than a decade old now and showing character and complexity.” Bert Berteau, winemaker. “This is a fantastic wine... Beautiful in the glass with its dark garnet ring followed by big, bold aromas and flavors of wild raspberry, ripe blackberry and cocoa, this wine finishes with a super smooth finish of toasty oak and a hint of clove and cedar. This wine is extremely balanced and would pair well with a medium-rare rib-eye steak hot off the grill, or would be fantastic with a big dish of stuffed peppers and wild rice.” “Double Must Buy” Times Record News - March, 2012
Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet 2010
Dessert Course Coconut And Dark Chocolate Dipped Blackberry Cake Pop Vanilla Crème Anglaise With Bourbon Soaked Dried Bing Cherries
The 2007 growing season began with a cool spring and mild, consistent summer, which allowed grapes to develop steadily and uniformly. Warm sunny days and cool, dry nights in the fall helped to extend the ripening period into September and October, leading to fantastic fruit quality across varietals. Aged in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels for 17 months with 55% new oak, this 14.9% Stella Maris follows the Bordeaux tradition and is a blend of 29% merlot, 38% cabernet sauvignon, 21% syrah, 9% cabernet franc, 3% petit Verdot. A soft and silky wine with vanilla and rich dark chocolate, coconut, raspberry and cherry, green olive with long smoke finish. Enjoy the layers of flavors to be discovered in this Reserve red table wine we affectionately call “Stella”. David “Merf ” Merfeld, Winemaker
Northstar Stella Maris Red 2007