Parrett Mountain Cellars – 10/20/2018

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Fall Pickup Party 2018

Grand Opening of the new tasting room.  We got to visit during construction a few times . . . this is one of those locations you need to visit to take in the beauty of the site as well as the gorgeous design and finishes of their new tasting room.

I’ve reviewed many of their wines before, but these are new releases and in one case, an quite old release . . .

2012 Zinfandel – Yakima Valley

Gorgeous garnet color, deep and dark

 

Bright acidity and really bold fruit on the nose.

 

Exceptional fruit on the palate, plum and dark cherry. . .silky texture and exceptionally balance structure.  Finish is spicy and elegant

 

Zinfandel is definitely my new favorite varietal and this is a great example.  The one thing I’ve found about Eastern Washington fruit is that it does take some cellar time for it to integrate the higher acidity with the tannins and get it to develop into something exceptional.

 

2016 Malbec

Gorgeous garnet color, deep and dark

 

Fruit aromas were very light

 

Nice texture – silky.  Bold tannins that should integrate over time.  This was paired with a dark chocolate nibble, which definitely improved the flavor profile

 

A good example of needed bottle aging.

 

2016 Zinfandel

Just what you would expect.

 

Smoky.  Dark fruit, plum and dark cherry

 

Very smooth with those beautiful dark fruit notes continuing onto the palate.  Also great texture, well integrated.  Though the finish doesn’t linger.

 

 

2016 Cabernet Franc

Purple rings of garnet.

 

Light nose of bright fruit and acidity

 

Heavy tannin structure, yet it is quite silky.  The fruit isn’t presenting itself much, though there is a spice note.

 

This will be better once it ages a few years.

 

2016 Petite Sirah

Deep garnet in color.

 

Great fruit on the nose. . .very pronounced.

 

Very smooth mid palate, great fruit carry-over.  Silky texture though LOADED with tannins.  A very dry finish.

 

This beauty will benefit greatly from a lay-down.  It has the fruit and the structure to be quite a show stopper.  It just needs some time to get all the players working better together.  I predict this one will be an award winner in a couple years.

 

The Grant family has developed a wonderfully warm and inviting environment here at Parrett Mtn Cellars.  Dennis and Marlene are excellent wine makers who have discovered the secrets of coercing greatness from the lowly Vitis Vinifera.  I especially enjoy their white wines, which I rarely say anywhere.  Their warmth and kindness is also very evident in their daughters, Kelly and Sara, who through their hospitality make this tasting room a Must GO![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title=”Photo Gallery” title_align=”left” title_size=”h3″ title_color=”accent”][vc_media_grid element_width=”2″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1557421587134-83b23f15-adc9-4″ include=”15560,15571,15401″ css=”.vc_custom_1557425042181{margin-top: 30px !important;}”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


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