'09 Curiosity (Chard/Viog, $18.50): funky nose.
'09 Rose ($19.50): Syrah/Merlot, which you don't see every day: Nice, but a little too sweet.
'08 Pinot noir ($23): Light brownish-red color, which is odd. Bouquet too stinky; wine too sharp and thin.
'08 Sangio ($27): No nose. Thin.
'07 Rhythm ($26): Yes! Very good, though not the quality of the best from Walla Walla. Syrah, Merlot, Cab Franc.
'07 Syrah ($26.50): Super-light nose; smoky palate. Strange.
'08 Merlot ($26): Light nose (where can you find AROMATICS around here?); chocolate and red fruit; OK but just not the match of the Tri Cities/W.Walla wines
'08 Cab Franc ($33): Mint and earth. Just OK. Too thin. Note to winemaker: How about doing something to add some body? Bananas? Glycerine? Don't laugh.
'09 Meritage ($36.50; Cab S, Merlot, Cab F): Not really, sorry.
Wonderful place and great server; some of the wines have a ways to go.
2. Vin du Lac: We tasted on the outdoor patio and then lunched at their bistro, on the same patio overlooking the lake, sipping glasses of our fave wines from the tasting; wonderful! The wines are all well-made; the winemaker is fastidious about keeping O2 off the wines, so the whites can age longer if you like.
'09 Pinot gris: Minerally and sharp if you like that style.
'09 Les Amis: Sold out (Riesling and Viog, I think?)
'10 Viognier: Honey nose; fruity and crisp; nice.
'07 Sauv Blanc Estate (LEHM) 1.3%RS; Gold at NW Wine Summit; citrus nose; very yummy; I'll recommend this one for sure. $16 from me.
'07 Savvy Blanc (not pouring, but we found this on sale at the local Safeway, and bought it for our dinner): Very nice. Great companion to a fine light meal. But, to use an orchestra analogy, the wine won't be the violin--more like the viola (subtle; in the background). I can sell this one for less than $10.
'07 Riesling Estate: Nice
'09 Rose (Sangio and Cab Franc): 26 hrs on skin; nice, but not like Barnard Griffin's Rose of Sangio . . .
NV Pinot noir ('07/'08): OK, but a bit thin.
'06 Barrel Select Cab Sauv, Columbia Valley: Odd citrus nose.
'09 Cuvee Rouge: Merlot-Cab Franc-Syrah-Cab Sauv: Thin.
'06 Barrel Select Merlot ($35 wine club): Thinner than I like.
'07 Barrel Select Syrah: WS90 points: Nice bouquet. Good. Not as much body as in earlier years. A Syrah for lovers of the delicate style.
'07 Barrel Select Cab Franc: Nice on the palate, though the bouquet is limited for a Cab Franc.