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Wine Lovin Women set out for Walla Walla, WA again for another adventure.  This time was for Fall Crush, where we visited some of our old favorite wineries, Tero Estates and Dumas Station.  Both wineries had amazing releases to sample, if you haven’t been there yet or tried their wines you are missing out….so get started on making some plans to check them out. 

During our visit, we discovered a new favorite, El Corazone, which has a tasting room in downtown Walla Walla.  We walked into an eclectic, packed out showroom which made you realize great things were about to happen…no wine snobs here.

El Corazone has been producing since 2007 and during our visit we tasted:

     First Crush, Malbec (Walla Walla Valley) - Stronger tannins and bolder fruit flavor  
     Supernova, Malbec, (Columbia Valley) - Beautiful color, smooth tannins, full fruit and a slight spice on the pallet
     Pistalero, Bordeaux style blend - Marriage of bold fruit, which intoxicatingly rolls across the tongue
     Swordfight, Syrah - Deep color, subtle wild fruit aroma with rich texture in the mouth
     V-Neck , Viognier - Crisp and clean fruit flavor as a Viognier should be, the floral aroma leads you to believe it will hit sweet on the palette however it is dry and smooth with a soft lingering finish   

After two and half hours of tasting wine we were offered a barrel tasting….now the fun begins! 

We sampled a Cab Franc and Syrah to be released in 2013 and a Carmenere which is a grape that was presumed extinct for 150 years but found growing again in a field of Merlot grapes.  Everything we sampled was still a little young but oh so promising.  El Corazone does amazing things with grapes usually known for blending grapes, they have found a thoughtful way of bringing out great flavor.  What a great release 2013 will be!

El Corazone has a great sense of humor with refreshing liveliness to their attitude, their wine and even the labels on their bottles.  When I asked what grapes were in the wine, Spencer the winemaker, told me to read the back of the bottle.  The back label said……”stop reading, start drinking”.
Cheers! Denise


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