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.
We've gone off the esoteric deep end here at the Anthem and I swear it's just coincidental. We've gone from alchemy to Druids to now what appears to be a mix of biodynamic hocus pocus mixed with numerology. All of this has got me questioning is this really a coincidence? Is it possible that the wines of the Northwest are some sort of gateway into a world of mystery?
Domino IV is a biodynamic winery with vineyards in Mosier, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge and a winery operation located in the Willamette Valley in McMinnville. Their focus is Oregon Pinot Noir and their estate fruit in Mosier which includes Viognier, Tempranillo and Syrah. From their website there is a clear focus on a connection they have with the land and the wine that they produce. In addition there's a definite connection to the past, history and numbers. Is it quite numerology? I can't say for sure but I'm looking for an easy lede for this week's Friday Find and I'm going to take Domino IV's quote and run with it . From their website: "The number four represents four people, four seasons, four varieties of the grape and four quadrants of our symbol the labyrinth. Four is also the number of the earth."
The numerology connection is what is leading me to believe that perhaps these Friday Finds are a gateway into a world of esoteric mystery. Numerology is the belief of a deep connection between life and numbers and by understanding the numerological values we could figure out life's great mysteries. St. Augustine of Hippo (A.D. 354–430) wrote "Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth." (I stole that quote from wikipedia.) This week's Friday Find the Spellbound from Domino IV has two numerological connections, the numbers 2 and 13. $13 makes this blend of two biodynamically grown varietals, Syrah and Tempranillo a great and affordable opportunity to sample what kind of fruit is coming out of the Gorge and maybe a gateway biodynamic wine for new wine drinkers as well. The wine hints at leather, earth and tons of black fruit on the aromatics. The palate delivers the more dusty dark fruit, earthen elements and a hint of clove. For a very affordable price you can stare into the mysteries of the deep for a short time or decide to stay there.