Love is in the air all month long. Let us celebrate with Wine We Love! Following are seven of the wine department staff’s favorite bottles currently being offered at Leschi Market. All have received the attached heralding accolades and praise, but most importantly, the all-important Leschi Market stamp of approval. Prices listed are shelf price, and everyone receives 10% off any 6-bottle purchase, all the time.
2015 Lingua Franca ‘Avni’ Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Oregon ($39.99)
“Refined and precise, featuring a structure that’s elegantly complex, with raspberry and cinnamon aromas and sleek cherry and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2022. 772 cases made.” ~Wine Spectator, 92-points.
2014 Brady Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Blue Mountain Vineyard Walla Walla ($31.99)
“This is a full-bodied Cabernet that shows a balance of fruit and earth. Aromas of berry jam are mixed with hints of smoke, clay pot and dried herbs. Flavors of black cherry are balanced with notes of wet gravel, cocoa powder and herbes de Provence. 440 cases produced. Gold Medal in 2017 Savor NW Wine Awards and the 2017 Cascadia Wine Competition.” ~Kim Brady, Winemaker.
2014 Maison Bleue G.S.M. ‘Métis’ Columbia Valley ($19.99)
“This outstanding blend of 51% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 16% Mourvèdre opens with red cherry, rose petals and smoked pork shoulder. This leads to deep flavors of black tea, black cherry, coffee grounds and baking spices. The wine is polished and has a wonderful texture, showing nice opulence from the warm vintage. Best 2017–2026.” 92-points. ~International Wine Report.
2015 Argiano Non Confunditur Tuscany ($17.99)
“This is a rich and racy young red with chocolate, currant and hints of sandalwood. Full body, chewy tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Savory and juicy. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and a splash of Sangiovese. Drink or hold.” ~James Suckling, 94-points.
2015 Can Blau Cellar Red Blend Montsant Spain ($14.99)
“This has plenty of sweetly spicy oak that is matched by abundant ripe and vibrant fruits. Blueberries, currants and purple cherries with chocolate and spice. A very fluid, modern and attractive wine.” ~James Suckling, 93-points.
2015 Lingua Franca ‘Avni’ Chardonnay Willamette Valley ($39.99)
“Sleek and steely, with lemon blossom and river stone aromas and delicately layered nectarine and mineral flavors that linger on the long, crisp finish. Drink now through 2019.” ~Wine Spectator, 93-points.
2015 Garofoli Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Podium ($10.29)
“An elegant, creamy white, backed by sleek, citrusy acidity, this shows a subtle mix of poached pear, grated ginger and stony mineral flavors, accented by hints of crushed almond. Drink now through 2020. 90-points. ~#92 Wine Spectator Top 100 2017.
Kenneth Benner, a Seattle area native, is a trained chef and has worked in such restaurants as Barbacoa, B.O.K.A. Kitchen + Bar, and Dahlia Lounge. Ken is the wine buyer at Leschi Market. He has a passion for learning, a meticulous palate, and a tenacity for searching out the best for his customers while offering some of the most highly coveted wines in the area. His wine column is intended to inspire and explore new choices in wine, learn about wine with his readers, and share his knowledge and experiences in the wine world. Check out the latest at LeschiMarket.com or request to be added to email updates or send questions, comments, or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the wine department directly on twitter at twitter.com/leschimarket.