Last year was my first excursion to Maryhill winery and I was due for another visit since I was out in the gorge en route to Skamania lodge.
Last year I was impressed with their Barbera and I was eager to try another flight of their wines. This time I indulged in the flight of their reserve wines. Here’s the lineup along with the tasting notes.
2011 Reserve Chardonnay
We can’t believe ‘it’s not butter’ in this Chardonnay! Honeysuckle, grilled pear, pineapple and peach aromas liven the senses and prepare you for a silky, golden delicious apple, honey and toasted almond finish.
2009 Reserve Syrah
This ruby beauty blends rich aromas of fig, coffee and caramel with a pomegranate, dark chocolate palate that lingers briefly and leaves a wonderful bready, roasted chestnut finish. Pair with peppercorn steak, roasted duck or rich shellfish.
2007 Reserve Serendipity
“Serendipity – the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” Experience lavender, raspberry, cherry and cigar box on the nose. On the palate a smooth fruit entry develops into a complex blend of pomegranate, raspberry, stewed plums, coffee and tart cherry on the mid-palate. The finish has a bit of grip at first and a pleasant linger that allows you to contemplate the opus that is this wine.
2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color in the glass gives you a visual of things to come. Dark fruits, smoke, vanilla and coffee are prominent on the nose and palate. The experience doesn’t stop there though. The hints of lilacs, currant, plum and raspberry come and go and add a depth and complexity that will provide a wonderful sipping experience as well as pair with big flavorful meat dishes. This is a very smooth cab.
2010 Reserve Zinfandel
Our crowd pleasing Zinfandel has hit a new high. Aromas of cherry chutney, plums, cigar box, truffles and coffee make one’s eyes light up immediately. On the palate, black cherry, smoked meat, currant and hints of the darkest of fruits keep you engaged. On the lingering finish look for pain grille’ with truffle oil to surprise you and make you ready for more. Whether with prime rib, chocolate cake or simply sipping slowly, this deliciously Zinful wine is an absolute pleasure.
I ended up purchasing a bottle of Malbec this year. Here’s the tasting notes:
Typically a blending grape due to rich color and bright acidity, Malbecs were late to the wine scene as an individual bottling. Our deep red-violet offering filled with aromas of rich red cherries, juicy raspberries, rose-petals and baked bread certainly is deserving of its own bottle. On the palate black pepper, tobacco, French roast coffee, and dark fruit precede a palate cleansing acidity and soft tannins. Malbec was late to the party? We say, better late than never. Yum!
It was a gorgeous day for a picnic lunch on the deck before running off to miss the traffic from the Willie Nelson concert in the evening.