Columbia Crest Grand Estates Amitage 2008

We’ve been tasting some interesting new wines lately. This one is Columbia Crest Grand Estates Armitage 2008, a red blend from Washington state.

The label doesn’t list the grapes in the blend, but it’s very big, cabernet-like, tannic, with lots of dark fruit taste. Very, very good. We could happily make this a regular house wine.

By the way, it went very well with homemade spaghetti sauce on pasta with spinach.

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Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

We had a lovely Alder Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 tonight for our Sunday dinner with our parents. For dinner I made a pot roast with a chuck roast from our local farmer, served with potatoes, carrots, and small onions along with sauteed pea pods and homemade biscuits.

This wine is special with a floral aroma, a robust fruit on the mid-palate, with dark bitter chocolate and strong tannins on the finish.

Washington Hills Cabernet Sauvignon (2007)

I was out of town all last week so didn’t get a chance to update the blog. But I am home now and back in the groove. It is a hot May night in Michigan! We are supposed to be in the high 80’s all week, which must be some kind of record. I am glad I have my tomatoes planted.

So, tonight, we are enjoying this Washington State’s Columbia Valley Cabernet. I am roasting a whole, stuffed chicken with potatoes and sauteing fresh carrots and cauliflower (from my food co-op).  It’s a little warm to have the oven on, but this will probably the last time I roast chicken for awhile.

This wine is more apt to be served with red meats, but I like a good Cabernet with whatever we are eating! The nose is leathery while the palate presents cherries and green pepper. The finish is berry and smoke, through and through. This is excellent. I purchased this for $7.99 (on sale) from the A & L Wine Castle in Ann Arbor. This will go well with the dark chocolate brownies that I baked (I figured I should take advantage of having the oven on). Cheers!

Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (2006)

Well, it had to happen; we go back to work tomorrow after an extended vacation. We feel like we have been to Hawaii (although we have not) because we had such fun! Nonetheless, I am thankful that we both have jobs to return to and we both feel refreshed and invigorated from our time off.

So, tonight I am making baked chicken, brown rice, steamed fresh spinach and a salad. We are having this Washington State Cabernet, which Tom purchased at our local grocery store for $6 a bottle. I like it. It’s not a wine in which I am swooning over, but it is really good and there isn’t anything unpleasant about it. I would describe it as very fruity. The nose is woody — pine, actually  — while the palate is lush, juicy fruit. As my brother-in-law so aptly sums up: It drinks good.

Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This Avery Lane Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is quite pleasant: medium body, medium tannins, almost more like a merlot than a cab.

Nice dark-fruit taste, with maybe just a hint of caramel/sugar.

I think we had this with chicken last week, and the lighter merlot-ishness of it complemented the chicken well.

We’re having chicken again tonight, and this will be good.

Bridgman Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)

Here we are, another Friday night. We opened a bottle of this Washington State Cabernet. I looked back to see when we had this the last time, and wouldn’t you know, we had it on a Friday night just like tonight?

We liked it then and we like it now. Rich aromas of fruit and wood. The palate is spicy with a pepper finish.

For dinner, I am grilling brats (from Trader Joe’s), I am making a salad and also a vermicelli dish tossed with olive oil and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Cheers!

Bridgman Cabernet (2005)

We are having a glass of this Cabernet from Washington State and I already know we’re going to finish this bottle for two reasons : 1) Because it is delicious and I can’t get enough and 2) it’s Friday!!

Yummy, this is good. Plenty of spices on the nose and palate along with complex layers of fruit and a touch of cedar.

For dinner, we are having spaghetti with my homemade sauce, sauteed asparagus, baked squash and a salad. We still have pumpkin pie leftover from Thanksgiving but we never seem to have room for any dessert so I’m hoping Tommy will stop by one of these nights and finish it!