Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Singles Going Steady

1 Wine Dude has the Wine Blogging Wednesday #75 going on tonight.  The theme is single vineyard wines.  I'm taking inspiration from the Buzzcocks with a Singles Going Steady theme.  Not only am I selecting something from a single vineyard, it is also a single varietal from the Lake Chelan AVA.

So, in honor of The Buzz Cocks one of the most pop sounding punk rock bands ever...  Here is an ode to Lake Chelan set to the Buzzcock tune Orgasm Addict that fires off something like:

Well you tried it just for once and found it all right for kicks
But now you found out its a habit that sticks
And you're a "Lake Chelan Addict" a "Lake Chelan Addict" (you get the idea)

My single vineyard, single varietal, selection for WBW75 is the T'Sillan Cellars 2008 Lakeside Reserve Estate Syrah

I seem to have spent most of my time singing the praises of wines from the North side of Lake Chelan.  That changes tonight as I highlight the T'Sillan Cellars 2008 Estate Reserve Syrah that features grapes from their very own Lakeside Vineyard on the South side of Lake Chelan.

This wine starts out with a nose of dark fruit, smoked meats, pepper and light dusty and earthy spiced tannins.  The palate is showing dark creamy currants, black cherry and a cracked pepper spicy sweet finish.

After an hour of air the wine makes a surprise attack.  All the characteristics have mellowed out, with positive impact on the overall character of this wine.  The nose is smoother and lighter with dark fruit, all spice and some light pepper.  The palate is dark fruit, black cherry with some clove spices, salt-n-pepper all leading up to a slightly tart finish that includes some notes of semi-sweet chocolate.

If you are ever in Lake Chelan you should make time to stop in at the T'Sillan Cellars winery.  This is by far one of the fanciest joints you will encounter.  The place is designed like an Italian villa and has fabulous views of Lake Chelan.  Sitting on the lawn enjoying a nice full bodied red wine like the 08 Lakeside Reserve Syrah will lead you to becoming a Lake Chelan Addict too.  Don't say I didn't warn you!

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