Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Find, October 14

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.

This week's Friday Find found me actually.  I was contacted by the folks at Ash Hollow about the release of their newest vintage of the Headless Red, the 2008.  Ash Hollow is currently running a promotion for their new release of Headless Red and in conjunction they have made an excellent promotional video.  The wine, a red blend of Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah and Malbec denotes the Legend of the headless ghost who haunts the vineyards of Walla Walla.  "There is a tale that few dare tell of a headless ghost who rides a dark horse and haunts those unfortunate to cross his path."  This was the first time I've had any of the Ash Hollow wines and while I might lose my head over it, I'm happy that the Headless Red and I have crossed paths.

This week's Friday Find is yet another example of a Northwest red blend of the "kitchen sink" variety.  The wine has seen a good long time in oak at 30 months and the resulting wine has a nice rounded mouthfeel and delivers prominent oak aromatics like fresh roasted coffee, cinnamon and chocolate along with black fruit the likes of cherries and black currants.  The wine lingers on the finish with the tiniest touch of spice.  The $18 wine is garnered with the label of the Headless Horseman, this one instead of looking for Ichabod Crane is guarding the vineyards of Walla Walla.  Perhaps the folks at Ash Hollow are aware of the fate that befell that prized Red Mountain Mouvedre.  At only 1,000 cases this wine will not see huge distribution but for the month of October Ash Hollow is doing a 1¢ shipping special, order here.

this wine was sent as a sample from the winery


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