What we’re drinking: Okanogan EstatesJune 13th, 2012 by brynn grimley
I know we just wrote about our recent tasting of Okanogan Estates and Vineyard, but I happened to see one of the wines we tried in the grocery store so I thought why not give it a try.
It was the 2006 Bench Rock, the winery’s red wine blend. The price was good — around $15 — and I remembered from the tasting that it was my husband Jeff’s favorite wine that we tried. And considering his parents were coming to town, I figured it’d be a good wine to serve one night during dinner.
I had a glass that I drank over time, mainly because I was attempting to do 100 things at once and drinking my glass of wine became the 101st thing on the list. Letting the wine sit in my glass for a bit allowed it to open up even more, making the flavors more pronounced.
The black fruit flavors are up front in this wine, but I could taste the hints of oak in the middle with a slight vanilla flavor, and the end was strong with a peppery spice on the finish. The blend is merlot, cabernet sauvignon and syrah. The age is evident in this wine, which keeps the tannins from being too overpowering.
Here’s what the winery says about this blend:
This 2006 vintage of our signature red blend is a true delight for fans of hearty reds. Our blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, and 16% Syrah is a joy to sip. Over 20 months of barreling yields aromas of spice and vanilla. It has flavors of spice, dark fruit, and hints of vanilla. It has a juicy, vibrant finish with notes of white pepper that lingers on the palate.