Elsom Cellars 2009 Isabella Red Wine, Columbia Valley $38

By on March 11, 2015

elsom-cellars-isabella-2009-labelBusiness trips to the Bay Area introduced Jody Elsom to the wines of Napa and Sonoma, which inspired the native Woodinville to learn winemaking through Washington State University. She outgrew her West Seattle basement, migrated into a collective in south Seattle and later moved out to join Woodinville’s industrial scene. But next month, she officially unveils her unique partnerships with a travel company and outfitter as part of The Adventure Hub and Winery in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood. Here, she explored Artz, Double Canyon and Gilbert vineyards for a melange of Cabernet Sauvignon (56%), Malbec (33%) and Petit Verdot — the second vintage of the proprietary blend named for a daughter. The theme of black cherry, dark plum, cola, black licorice, cocoa powder and lavender are focused nicely as dusty tannins are melted away by a finish of acidity. While it’s already more than five years old, it’s only starting to mature. This also earned a gold medal at the 2015 Seattle Wine and Food Experience Wine Competition.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 250 cases

Alcohol: 14.5%

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