Lummi Island Wine Tasting October 3

Well, of course the Big News here is that the Whatcom Chief is back in service as I write this. For those of you who do NOT live on the island, once a year the ferry goes away for annual maintenance for two or three weeks. This year it was three weeks, during which a passenger boat carries people and their scheppables between the mainland and the island. We are all deeply Ready to have our trusty boat back…

ferry pic Whatcom Chief with Mt. Baker in the background

Saturday (and Sunday) was one of those truly stunningly beautiful fall days when the air is clear, the sky deeply blue, the sunshine bright.  Small wonder not many visitors arrived till pretty late in the afternoon, when we saw many of the Usual Suspects (but no camera at hand!).

As promised in last week’s post, out of deference for the fine weather we poured the Brancott sauv blanc instead of the Marchetti verdicchio. How was I to know that the verdicchio was new grandma Nancy’s new Favorite White Wine, and it was truly heartbreaking to see her disappointment…not that there was anything at all wrong with the day’s whites, which showed very well. The l’Hortus Pic St. Loup won a few converts, but perhaps it is an acquired taste with its rustic intensity and robust tannins. What can I say, I like this little region with its distinctive wines…

So this week we WILL feature the later harvest verdicchio (not a desert wine, just a little fuller-bodied than usual), so y’all come back ‘n’ see us again this week, Nancy. Also, we had occasion on Sunday to try another bottle of the Perazzeta Erio “super-Tuscan” (sangio, syrah, cab, merlot), and it has opened up nicely since we poured it a couple of months ago at our Italian tasting…think Very Cherry!Saturday’s tasting:

October 3 tasting:

Marchetti Later Harvest  Verdicchio (Italy) Full-bodied with lush notes of pear and melon, and  beautiful acidity. A one of a kind wine from one of the great winemakers of Marche $14

Luzon ’07 monastrell/syrah ’07 (Spain) exhibits a bouquet of spice box, violets, and blueberry. On the palate this smooth-textured wine offers generous savory fruit, good balance, and a pure finish.  $9

Perazzeta Erio Sangio, cab, syrah blend (”Super Tuscan) Balance, extract, and raw power so intense it induces sensations of actually chewing cherries, prunes and fresh dates!”…$15

Tres Picos Garnacha ’07 (Spain) sexy aromas of cedar, underbrush, mineral, and black cherry. This leads to a layered, intense, spicy, rich Garnacha with gobs of succulent fruit, excellent balance, and a plush finish. $14.

Wine Tasting

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