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January 14, 2010

My Carmenere fixation began with a visit to Village Wines where Patrick Merry of Merry Cellars was pouring his 2006 Seven Hills Vineyard Carmenere.   At that very moment a believer was born in all things Carmenere.

The Seattle Wine Awards helped me add another fine find to the list and that was Tertulia Cellars their 2006 Phinney Hill Carmenere won a Gold….

And then wandering around Woodinville’s warehouse district I discovered Smasne Cellars 2006 Carmenere – Phinney Hill Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills. bold, pepper, spicey really nice.

Well, back in the warehouse district, hearing rumors about Smasne Cellars 2007 yet to be released Carmenere.   I made a visit to Smasne and Gard Vintners tasting room.  Bart Fawbush, up and coming winemaker and owner of Bartholomew Winery was running the show for Smasne.  He said I could look but not touch.   Despite Bart’s artful Carmenere tasting dodge Bart admitted to being a fan and that he will be releasing his own 50% Cab and 50% Carmenere called Reciprocity sometime this year.

Leaving Smasne a bit dejected I went to JM Cellars.   Without mentioning my previous close encounter with the grape of the moment John Bigelow offered a barrel tasting of their yet released Carmenere….it was excellent….(rumor is only 80 cases wine club member only wine).

So, my recommendation if you want to experience Carmenere at it’s finest make a visit to JM Cellars, go on the winery tour with John and ask about their Carmenere….soon.  Another option would be to convince Smasne Cellars you are worthy of a pre-release tasting somehow, someway!

And then let me know what you think..capiche?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2010 8:36 am

    I first tried the 06 Smasne Carmenere as a judge at the Grape Cup in November, where it won 3rd place over all. It was lovely, spicy and complex. I can’t wait to taste the 07 Smasne!

  2. Kate Van Gent permalink
    January 18, 2010 3:36 am

    I’ll keep a lookout for Carmenere for you!

    • April 15, 2010 3:24 pm

      Hey Kate,

      Do you want to taste and tweet about chocolate next Thursday? I have an event in Woodinville with an amazing chocolate company. Hope you can join us!


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