Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wine Tasting - RiverAerie

THURSDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Thirst Wine Bar (7/31/2008)

4 current release wines from RiverAerie, the second label of Bunnell Family Cellar. Winemaker Ron Bunnell was previously head red winemaker for Chateau St. Michelle, and then Col Solare, before starting his own labels.

  • 2006 RiverAerie Riesling - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    Slightly sweet, with nice flavors of melon and citrus. Perhaps a touch of pineapple in there too... (86 pts.)

  • 2006 RiverAerie Viognier - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    Smooth, but lacking in flavor, compared to the Riesling. Apples, pears, maybe a touch of honeydew. (84 pts.)

  • 2006 RiverAerie Malbec - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    A touch on the bitter side. Great, bright fruit, spicy, but the bitter finish kills the enjoyment, and has me wishing I had some food to go with this wine. (85 pts.)

  • 2005 RiverAerie Barbera - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
    Wine of the tasting. Sweet fruit, strawberry, cherry and a bit of earthiness that is pleasant. (87 pts.)

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