United States wines here in the old world seem to fall into either bulk or billionaire categories with little in between. It’s not easy to get anything from outside California, and the good stuff is pricey. So now and again it’s nice to try something a little different.
I had a bottle of Columbia-Crest from Washington which I’d picked up at Meijer‘s with amusement as I mistook it for Falcon Crest, the Dallas/Dynasty style TV show with a vineyard. I then left it unattended for a few years.
I think it enjoyed that period of solitude, I think Washington State is a bit like that, up there in the rain. It looked deep garnet with a bit of mahogany creeping in. It smelled chocolatey with some fruit, but perhaps a bit more volatile acidity than I expected. It was dry with rather tasty balsalmic-y acid and more chocolate with sour cherries. It was different but good.
I’d love to see more Washington and Oregon wines in Europe, although I guess people from the Pacific Northwest would like a wider, cheaper range of European wines. If these are the problems that worry us, then life must be pretty good.