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.
The 2009 Planing Mill Red from the good people at Seven Hills Winery shook up my world and understanding of time travel. Doing a little research on Al Gore's internet I came upon lots of technical notes regarding the blend for the 2008 Planing Mill Red. I however had the 2009, I looked at the bottle shot again to confirm it and so upon calling the winery and telling them that I was some schmoe who writes a wine blog from Seattle, "Can you give me the technical sheets or the blend on the 09?" They said it wasn't out yet. I said, "Well I disagree I drank it" and she again assured me that the only vintage of the Planing Mill in the Seattle area was the 2008. I said, well, I actually bought this wine in Pittsburgh. Her response was that only in Pennsylvania could you have had the 2009. (There wasn't enough 08 remaining to match the quantities that the Pennsylvania State Liquor Board wanted to order.)
Besides time travel this wine is a great way to get in on the ground floor of some of the good work being done over at Seven Hills Winery. I've seen the wine priced from $13 (which I paid in Pittsburgh) to full retail here in Seattle at $17. The blend for the 08, which you can get your hands on here in the NW is predominantly Cabernet with Syrah, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The 09 is slightly different and what I got was aromas of smoke and tobacco along with some warms spice notes. The palate is lots of comfortable red fruit and baking spices. This wine is comfortable and drinkable right now, or in the future, which you can travel to by simply going to Pennsylvania. The wine is available broadly in grocery and wine retailers throughout the Northwest and I hear even in that big terrible big box store that pushed 1183 through.