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WINES

Michael Florentino Cellars

2010 Monastrell a.k.a. Mourvedre

$28 retail (66 cases produced)

This vintage of Monastrell has blackberry/blueberry elements with some earthy and soft leather notes, some spices of black pepper and clove.  There is some vanilla from the French oak that softens the tannins. Monastrell has become one of the winemakers favorite wines, as it signifies the style of the maker.  This is a balanced wine, with fruit up front, spice and earthy mid-pallet with just enough tannins to make it linger. 

2009 Syrah

$28.00 Retail (115  cases produced)
90 Points — Wine Spectator
Silver Award: NW Wine Festival

This Syrah is rich and powerful, yet still graceful. Aromas of plum, tobacco, and deep fruit flavors of blackberry. This is followed with a great mid-pallet of dark chocolate, licorice, leather and a touch of black pepper. The boldness continues with a smooth finish of spices and tannins.


 2009 Sangiovese

$26.00 Retail (112 cases produced)
Gold-Seattle Wine Awards

The nose revels some game, vanilla and saddle leather. The palate is big from start to finish. Deep, dark, fruit rolls into to a dry, spicy, mid pallet and the spice continues into the finish, with tannins that linger on. Pair this wine with traditional Italian dishes, or try it with the following cheeses; goat’s milk, washed rind, and sheep’s milk, or aged cheeses like Parmigiano Reggiano, or Pecorino Romano.

Review from Wines NW:  After tasting this wine and some others in this flight, one experienced taster exclaimed, “I never thought I would taste American Sangiovese wines that were this good!”  Winemaker Brad Sherman traveled the world with his day job (an engineer) tasting wines from around Europe and shaping his palate preferences before embarking on an amateur winemaking career in 2000.  His winemaking talent led to the founding of Michael Florentino Cellars which moved into its new Woodinville location in 2012.  Very reminiscent of Chianti, look for aromas and flavors of cane berries, red cherry, cassis, toasty cedar and tarry earth – a great wine! - Chuck Hill, Wines NW

2010 Tempranillo

$28 Retail (112 cases produced)

Coffee and Vanilla dominate, the Pumpkin spice elevates the complexity. Rich black fruit with supple tannins in the mid palette, followed with a lush and lingering finish!

2007 Quinta de la Dolce Bella (Port)- house of the sweet beautiful

$22.50 Retail (75 cases produced)

Quinta de la dolce bella: “House of the sweet beautiful”. Port by any other name.
Touriga based, with small amounts f Souzao, Tinto Cau and Tinta Maderia.

This has the nice cherry and raspberry flavors of a ruby Port.
19.2% alcohol with approximately 9% residual sugar.

2009 Cabernet Franc

$26.00 Retail (112 cases produced)

Silver – Seattle Wine Awards
88 pts. Wine Enthusiast

NW Wine Press: Excellent. Here’s another reason to revisit this Woodinville winery. It opens with aromatics reminiscent of a talus slopeafter a summer rain, followed by black currant, black licorice, tar and notes of barbecued pork. The drink brings hints of more black currant, blackberry, chocolate and sun-dried tomato with its acidity. There’s evenness to the tannin and some opulence to the finish of Cinnamon Bear candy.

 

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

$33.00 Retail (60 cases produced)

This Cabernet has very good fruit on the palate, with bright raspberries and cherry notes coming from the “Field Blend” varietals.

Platinum Award: NW Wine Festival
Double Gold – Seattle Wine Awards
From NW Wine Press: Outstanding! Red Mountain,  Bradley Sherman, who gained expertise as a member of the respected Boeing Wine Club, continues to show that he’s got this Woodinville, Wash., winery headed in the right direction. Its nose shows sophistication with hints of black cherry, black currant jam, blueberry, vanilla, black olive and Swisher Sweet cigar. On the palate, the theme moves toward purple fruit with Marionberry, blueberry and pomegranate, bringing delicious acidity and resolved tannins, somewhat remarkable considering the power often found in Red Mountain reds. That fruit flows all the way through to the finish of blue SweeTart candy and chocolate. 

2012 Misturo Blanco

$19.99 Retail (200 cases produced)
A 78% Sauvignon Blanc and 22% Semillion Blend.

This Bordeaux white blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion will always be our signature white blend.  In 2012, it’s Sauvignon Blanc dominate, and left it a little sweeter. It still has that same minerality and complexity from fermenting with French Oak, as our past vintages have had. Toasty oak and vanilla are nicely balanced with apple, pear and great acid! Simply delicious!

This is a fabulous wine to sip on a warm day, but with its acidity, will go with its classic food pairings, such as: goat cheese, seafood or chicken with a light oil-based sauce, cheese or white cream sauce, seafood or pesto.

What does the “mistura” mean? The Spanish/Portuguese word “mistura” means “mix” in English. However, this wine is made from traditional Bordeaux grapes! Such a complex pedigree for a white wine from Washington state!

2012 Rose of Tempranillo

Tempranillo: 89%, Syrah & Tempranillo Saignee: 11%
$15 Retail (80 cases produced)
Gold-Seattle Wine Awards

This rose is 89% whole berry pressed Tempranillo, from Stone Tree vineyards. We added 11% saignee, that had been on the skins, from our Tempranillo and Syrah, to added some additional body. This rose has some minerality to balance with the crispness and fruit flavors of strawberries.

 

2010 Primitivo

$26.00 Retail (120 cases produced)
Gold – Seattle Wine Awards

A nice balance of ripe fruit and blackberry, set against tones of spice and tobacco. That balance continues onto the palate, where the wine is plush, rich with a lingering finish.  Pair this wine with traditional Italian dishes, or hard cheeses, meats, and grilled vegetables.


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