I am an organizer for a local wine tasting group and we fan out across the Puget Sound to meet in various tasting rooms from Woodinville to South Seattle. As much as I love the Wine Lover’s destination of Woodinville, about 18 miles north east of Seattle proper, I really love the industrial area south of the downtown city of Seattle. It’s urban, metal, and 15 minutes from where I work.
However, I wanted to introduce you to Jody Elsom, a woman winemaker that has made her mark in showing the red grapes of Washington state as they have evolved to be.
We had a chance to enjoy a private tasting a couple of Saturdays ago, with red wines and blends that express the Washington state grapes with vibrancy and finesse. Jody’s ability to receive grapes from some of the best vineyards shows in her cabernet sauvignons, blends and now her newest release of 100 percent malbec.
We noticed that she has only reds in her wine store, and when asked, she said that she is not working with the whites the reason being she is not finished with her progressive concentration and exploration of the red varietals of our state. And from what we tasted, I say ‘hear hear’! Keep doing what you’re doing Jody.
I can tell you that you won’t even miss the white wines that also show well in our state, when you have such heaven in her reds. For me I splurged and brought home her
2009 Red Wine
Aged predominnantly new French oak barrels, this blend of 46% Two Blondes and Artz Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Two Blondes and Alder Ridge vineyards Malbec and 8% Lewis Vineyard Syrah. This gripping wine is deep purple in color, with aromas of pepper and vanilla. The palate is full of blackberry, oak and spice. Barrel aged 23 months.
91 Points 2014 Wine Enthusiast
2009 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, this single vineyard, single varietal expression of Cabernet is defined by its rich entry on the nose and lovely balance of oak and berry fruits. Barrel aged 23 months.
88 Points 2014 Wine Enthusiast