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 at or 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 Northwest is a land of mystery. A far off corner of the map shrouded in mist, clouds and the dark of its signature evergreen trees. The birthplace of enigmatic geniuses like Bill Gates and the sad Kurt Cobain and Elliot Smith. Possibly at least partially responsible for the tragedy that is Twilight series and then there's always Portland, let me know if you figure them out. Where else then would Sasquatch call home?
When doing some research for this week's Friday Find I stumbled upon the Sasquatch Northwest Investigators, "Home of like minded people who enjoy the outdoors and on going (sic) research into the Sasquatch mystery." The homepage leaps with promise, pencil renderings of Sasquatch as well as different drafts of logo artwork for the organization, photos of a few of the members either "enjoying the outdoors" or looking at plaster casts of foot prints. The website founded in 2006 however really begins and ends with the home page. The buttons at the top of the page promise links to photos, empty, videos, ditto and news, "no items." There are about 90 comment posts in the "General Discussion" area. I can't really make any sense of most of them. It's truly a sad state, although the fact is it's not that much different than most people's wine or food blogs you come across. Many of them go without updates for months, sometimes years.
Sleight of Hand Cellars, thanks to a Full Pull purchase I made some time ago, but still haven't picked up, it's more about being busy than lazy. The website for the Modern Wine Project is non existent and their Facebook page seems to have gone the way of the Sasquatch Northwest Investigators page, the trail has gone cold. The only place I can find any information is from some Cellar Tracker notes on the interwebs. The wine, as best I can tell, was a bottling for Garagiste, Syrah mainly, with a bit of Grenache and Mourvedre. It's a crazy electric pink color, and while done in a dry style is much more round and luscious than many of the ultra crisp lip smacking Roses that are so hip to the scene right now. Aromatics are ripe watermelon and strawberry, the wine itself is a bit curvy, particularly for a rose. Round, full bodied and loaded with luscious dark red fruits. All of this was done in the neighborhood of $10. An outstanding value, if you can track it down, like a hairy man-like creature ambling through the back woods of the Pacific Northwest. It can be very elusive.