Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Find, August 26th

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

There are now in the neighborhood of 700 wineries in Washington, and in the past few years we've seen a sharp increase in urban wineries in the Seattle metropolitan area. Joining long time stalwarts like McCrea Cellars and OS Winery are loads of newer wineries. No one though has really tried to brand themselves or their wine with Seattle in mind until last year, when 509 Wines, released their Cotes du Fremont Rose and they nailed it with a brilliant branding idea. (Not to mention the slick design has shown up on design blogs all over the place.) 509 is reshuffling their wine deck and will be changing it up on their current and former varietals and we'll have more on that later.

This weeks' Friday Find is the 2010 Cotes du Fremont Rose (of Mouvedre) $18 in the tasting room. A departure from last year's release, which I reviewed on The Oregon Wine Blog,(it was comprised of Syrah). This year's release is a prettier, paler old world salmon hue. This wine is not as fruit forward as it's predecessor either, instead exhibiting more subdued aromatics ( a little time with the bottle open helps here), hints of strawberry and plum blossom. The palate is lots of stoney minerality, straw and a hint of citrus. The wine has a nice crisp acidity and will be great compliment to summer fare. You can find this wine at their Fremont tasting room every Friday from 5-8 and you'll find their wine at Wine World Seattle and Esquin. There's not a ton of this wine to begin with and it's the coolest Seattle souvenir you could give a guest from out of town. (Wine provided as a sample by the winery.)


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