$30 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
Every wine has a backstory and for this one, it is “Inconceivable,” or that’s what the Middleton Family of Wines would have us believe. Middleton is a Washington-state based nascent conglomerate with interests in the Northwest, Paso Robles, Western Australia and Italy. This wine’s name traces to the notion that the winemaker, Kendall Mix, is from Alberta, Canada, and the fact that he is making wine in Washington is inconceivable. . .who’d have thunk?
Their concept is to create a “wallet-friendly” wine using the bounty of Washington, with fruit sourced from five vineyards across the Columbia River Valley. This wine sports a twist closure, but it spent 26 months on 45% new oak, both American and French. Lots of value in this very thoughtfully produced and marketed Washington winner.
Winery Tasting Notes: “Intense deep purple hue, a little red brick-ish around the edges. Dark fruits (black berry, black cherry) and toasted bread lead the aromatics. Savory aspects of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a slight tinge of wet earth add complexity. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with fruit character echoing the aromatics, plus subtler elements of cocoa powder, tanned leather, red and Bing cherries, with a very gentle hint of green bean. The finish lingers for an extended length of time with a persistent character of dried berries.”
Blend: 80% cabernet sauvignon; 11% Malbec; 7% petit verdot; 2% merlot
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