Is California the only American region producing great wine? In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Pamela Busch convene at San Francisco's CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen for the tasting and discussion of 25 different American wines NOT from California. On what was one of the hottest San Francisco days in recent memory (for those of you unfamiliar with the city, few places have air conditioning in San Francisco), Lisa, Bartholomew, and Pamela weathered the elements and tasted a variety of wines -sparklers, whites, reds, unique varietals, and sweet dessert wines- from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.
Theme: Underdog Wines. In this tasting IntoWine is featuring wines from American producers found outside the state of California.
Wine: 2005 Andrew Will Sorella ($68.95)
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Varietals: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 125 Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petite Verdot
Alcohol content: 14.4%
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2005 Andrew Will Sorella is Washington wine at the top of its game. Intense aromas of black and blue fruits with wiffs of vanilla-tinged woodsmoke then wait--Amarena cherry cream. Oh the dense layers of black cherry, black currant, baked plums, and blueberries sprinkled with baking spices. The tannins are woven in the body of the wine, and appear on the finish with cocoa powder and licorice. The Sorella is made from some of WA State's oldest vines, in Champoux Vineyard, and the complexity shines through.
Bartholomew Broadbent, CEO of Broadbent Selections. Bartholomew was named as one of the "fifty most influential people in the wine world" by Decanter Magazine. He is also widely considered to be one of the world's foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. Learn more about Bartholomew Broadbent.