please do join us this rainy thursday evening to taste some very pretty, hand-crafted wines from WA state. what we like most about these wines is that they are lovely to sip while nibbling cheese or charcuterie, but are fundamentally great with food. (take home the barbera tonight with some of anson's famous ragu, a crusty columbia city bakery loaf and VOILA- you've got the perfect dinner!)
vintage to vintage, lou facelli's winemaking has shown consistent quality and remarkable value. until now, the distribution of these wines has been quite limited. as soon as we tasted this current vintage, we jumped at the chance to share them with you first! come sip+nibble with us...
this thursday, 4/4 from 5:30-7:30om. $9 tasting fee. cheers! a+j
Taste: Fume Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese+Barbera
About Facelli Winery:
Grapes are sourced from some of the finest vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Red Mountain, and Yakima Valley appellations. By selecting fruit from these mature vineyards we best ensure exceptional flavor and balance in all our wines. All grapes are handpicked, hand sorted, and gently processed. Our focus is on single vineyard, 100% varietal wines produced in small quantities to showcase each vintage's unique characteristics. For the past 30 years, winemaker Lou Facelli has triumphed with diligence, skill, hard work and patience, to emerge as one of Washington State's true artisan winemakers.
Facelli winery extends its family values by maintaining an honest respect for everyone working in the vineyards. This philosophy has built longstanding relationships with growers. These time tested relationships have proven to be invaluable in our quality assurance for the best fruit nature can provide.
Current production of 2,000 cases consists of 17 wines from 13 different varietals. We've selected the following flight to share with you this thursday:
2011 Fumé Blanc - Columbia Valley - Sagemoor Vineyard
Our Fumé Blanc is done in a style that is elegant and refined, with a particular emphasis on the fruit. A regional favorite, this popular varietal offers great versatility. Local restauranteurs sing its praises. The 2011 vintage is straw in color, and brilliant in the glass. A slight herbal character is played-up in the aroma and down-played on the palate. It has fine balance and lively acidity. Concentrated flavors of pear, peach, and melon are predominating. The wine is crisp with a dry lingering finish. With seafood dishes, especially shellfish, it is a family favorite. Goat cheese, grilled vegetables, and white meats, are also great pairings. This wine serves as an excellent aperitif.
2010 Pinot Grigio - Columbia Valley
The 2010 Pinot Grigio is our second release from a grape known in France as Pinot Gris. Pinot Grigio is most commonly found in Northern Italy. Made from 100% Pinot Grigio this wine is medium in body with a very attractive floral bouquet. Bursting with aromas and flavors of white peach, pear and honeysuckle, it has a finish that is silky-smooth on the palate. We recommend trying this wine with grilled chicken, grilled halibut, pan seared sea scallops and other seafood dishes. Some other family favorites are proscuitto and melon, crab risotto, chicken piccata, and fontina cheese melted over sliced polenta.
2008 Washington Sangiovese - Sugarloaf Vineyard
This is our fifth release of Sangiovese. This famous Tuscan varietal is used in the production of Chianti and Brunello, and shows great promise here in Washington State. Sugarloaf Vineyard is located near Goldendale perched high above the Columbia River. The wine is a beautiful medium-ruby color with flavors of plum, strawberry and tart cherry. Elements of violets and cedar add to its complexity. There is a great harmony of fruit, tannin, and lively acidity. Aging in French oak barrels has further enhanced its depth. This wine demands food! Family favorites include any tomato inspired dishes, grilled chicken, wood-fired pizza and roasted duck.
2008 Barbera - Columbia Valley - Sagemoor Vineyard
This single vineyard offering of 2008 Barbera is our third release of this classic Italian grape from the Piedmont area of Northwest Italy. Our family is from this same region and makes production of this wine especially fun and gratifying. It is rapidly becoming one of our most popular varietals. The naturally high acidity along with intense flavors make this wine a "must have" with food. The gentle tannins in Barbera help make it an easy wine to pair with many different dishes. It is medium in body with a rich purple/ruby red color. This wine exhibits lovely aromas and flavors of raspberry, tart cherry and plum fruit with a hint of vanilla. Family favorites include braised rabbit or chicken served over creamy polenta and Osso Bucco with mushroom risotto.