The 2005 Columbia Valley Claret (red wine) is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and 10% Malbec. The fruit was sourced from our estate vines at Gunselman Bench, Andrews Horse Heaven Ranch, McKinley Springs and Phinny Hill vineyards. It was aged in 70% French oak and 30% American oak for 23 months, 50% of the oak was new. The ideal consumption is 2 to 5 years from release date, but this wine will develop for another 5-7 years. The alcohol by volume is 14.0%. This wine was bottled August 7, 2007.
It had a wonderful bouquet, great legs, light on tannin, long on finish. Looks to retail about $20 for a bottle.
I had this paired with a lamb t-bone in a harissa marinade served with a sour cherry syrah veal jus, fingerling potatoes, and asparagus with goat cheese. It was pure heaven! Our waitress at Sip in Issaquah suggested it after I gave her a few of the various reds I had had there that I really enjoyed. We've pretty much become regulars there. We were able to name off two of the four cheeses on the cheese plate (they rotate out the cheeses regularly so we did really well considering!) The head chef came out to chat with us for a bit, which is always nice. He comes by on occasion when we are there to see how the food is and how we are doing. Sip is also going to be opening in Gig Harbor as well in probably October. Look forward to that since hubby has family down there that we go to dinner with and now maybe we can take them there!
Ah another wine and food pairing where I didn't want the meal to end!