What: Soos Creek Wine Cellars Artist Series #10 Red Wine Columbia Valley 2010 $30
Where: McCarthy & Schiering, Esquin, Soul Wine, Pete’s, Wine World, Seattle Wine Co.
Why: David Larsen of Soos Creek Wine Cellars is one of a number of Boeing graduates who has made a second career in the Washington wine industry. Larsen joined Boeing’s Wine and Beermakers Club in 1987 and started Soos Creek two years later. Since that time, he has made his mark offering wines that consistently punch well above their weight class.
The Soos Creek 2010 Artist Series Red Wine continues the winery’s trademark of quality and value, outperforming many wines twice the price. A blend of cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot coming from some of Washington’s top vineyard sites (Champoux, Dineen, and Weinbau), it displays cabernet franc’s intoxicating floral side and is packed to the brim with herbs and dark fruit. The intensity of flavors is balanced by exceptional restraint (14.1percent alcohol, 40 percent new French oak) and accented by enough acidity to cellar it as long as you care to keep it. It calls out to the Old World in terms of styling, while still residing firmly in our state. It’s nothing short of an accomplishment, as good a Washington wine as I’ve seen at $30.