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Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso

Maryhill Proprietor’s Reserve 2011 Tavola Rosso
Columbia Valley, WA

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Last time I reviewed a Maryhill wine, I pledged to have my pictures edited from our winery visit before the next one. I am happy to say I completed that mission!

Click 2x for the panoramic view.

Click 2x for the panoramic view.

And wow, Maryhill is a breathtaking winery (9774 Hwy 14, WA). It’s hard not to be right on the Columbia River Gorge. I honestly think being there on a stormy, foggy day added a whole other level of beauty to the location.

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Of course, my friend Cassie, who works at Maryhill, also ups the pretty factor.

Cassie and I looking adorable, if I do so say myself.

Cassie and I looking adorable, if I do so say myself.

We met at the 2014 Wine Bloggers Conference, and she graciously guided my husband and I through the tasting then strong-armed me into buying a few of Maryhill’s wines reserved for wine club members, the first of which I reviewed last month for you.

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Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure

Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure
Washington
62% ABV

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I am down to the final bottle from my absinthe-buying binge last December. The first two I sampled were both blanches—my first blanches in fact. I have to say, colorless liquids do diminish the absinthe-drinking experience for me, although the Clandestine was still amazing. So imagine my joy when I pour out Pacifique Absinthe Verte Superieure and find this.

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It has a beautiful tone of dominant thistle-yellow with a ring of turquoise green in the light. It smells of dried and crushed leaves, horehound, and moderate anise. I’m getting a root beer image from those scents. Don’t sniff too deep, though. I may have burned a few nose hairs from the alcohol vapors. Sipping it straight is a challenge—this absinthe is definitely strong at 124 proof. It’s grassier when sipping it versus smelling it, and it has a creamy aftertaste. Otherwise, it just burns my tongue, and so I’m moving on to the louche.

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Red Diamond Shiraz 2009

Red Diamond Shiraz 2009
Washington State

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This Shiraz has the most interesting nose I’ve smelled in a while. It’s full of leather and juicy blackberry. The wine itself is much thinner than expected for a Shiraz, but it’s nicely matured. Blackberry swoops up then is replaced with whipped cream and spices. Pink peppercorn, a hint of anise. It goes down easily, leaving something sweet on your tongue. That leathery nose is absent while sipping.

The wine is too thin for the berry to demand attention as it should, but it’s pleasant regardless. It’ll go down fast and there’s no shame in letting it.

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