Scary and Spooky

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the winery.

One of the very cool things about running this wine blog is the opportunity it gives me to learn about producers I’m not likely to have otherwise discovered.   Here is another one of those instances, where the folks from Ash Hollow Winery in Walla Walla, WA reached out to me.   The more I taste of the wines from Walla Walla, the sadder I am that I had to skip last year’s Wine Blogger Conference there.  That whole 20 weeks pregnant thing put a damper on my wine drinking last summer!  Just in time for the Halloween season, we tried the 2008 Ash Hollow Headless Red. It’s a blend of 58% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, and 8% Malbec.  The had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.1% alcohol by volume, and I can’t find the retail price.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) I’d never heard of Ash Hollow until they started following me on Twitter a few weeks ago. That’s a shame, if this wine is any indication of the rest of their line up.

2.) The video they made to promote the wine is funny: Link

3.) I was fighting Matt over my fair share of this wine, that’s how much I enjoyed it.

4.) The label is awesome for Halloween.

On the nose found pepper, spice, plum, violets, chocolate, and blackberry syrup. The wine had a wonderful aroma, it just jumped out of the glass.  In the mouth I found blue fruit, blackberry, black cherry, spice, earth notes, raspberry, and chocolate.  Overall the wine felt luscious and supple and plush on the palate, with delicious fruit.

 

 

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6 Responses

  1. Must admit I’ve never heard of this wine but based on your description I’ll have to seek it out. It does sound enticing and I really enjoy an active aroma.

  2. Sonadora, cool pic.,since I can’t find this wine I would like to link this post with one or more of my Halloween-wine posts, an example: http://nhwineman.blogspot.com/2011/08/ghost-pines-zinfandel-and-halloween.html
    Sincerely,
    Dennis Tsiorbas

  3. It had a really good aroma witless.

    Sure Dennis, be my guest!

  4. Are Ash Hollow wines available in the UK?

  5. You know, the more I drink WA reds, the more I love them. I just love everything about them. I had an amazing Cab Franc from Walla Walla yesterday, which outshined this higher-end 2004 Napa Cab I’m currently drinking.

  6. Claire, remember which wine was WS’ number one top 100 wines for 2009? Columbia Crest 2005 Res. I would say your “Taster” is right-on!

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