Snoqualmie Reserve Reds

Winery Website: www.snoqualmie.com

 

Joy Anderson of Snoqualmie Vineyards has done an outstanding job of producing well-priced wines which do an admirable job of bringing good quality to their respective price-ranges. The wines she and her team produce have consistantly garnered wide-spread acclaim from both industry reviews and customer satisfaction.

What started out as a small winery has blossemed into one that is a part of the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates wine group. This coporate infustructure allows Snoqualmie to gain better national attention and all the resources it needs to keep producing top-quality wine. 

You won’t see wines that cost anywhere north of $30 in anything Snoqualmie produces as its wines tend to be priced at no more than $25 per bottle for these reserve wines.

2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon:
Technical Data:

  • Vineyard: Grapes are sourced from Rosebud Vineyards.
  • First Harvest September 22, 2005
  • Brix 27.1
  • Length 7 days on skins
  • Yeast type Premier Cuvée, BDX and D22
  • Total acidity 0.65 g/100ml
  • pH 3.65
  • Alcohol 14.2%
  • Blend 85% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 10.2% Merlot
  • 4.8% Petit Verdot 
  • Price: $25 

Nose: Black plums, black raspberry, blackberry, hints of leather and black pepper. Tons of dark fruit going on here in its smell..

Taste: Tobacco-laden plums and blackberries with hints of the elderberry coming through – this is definitely a wine that decants well and could easily sit out awhile. Firm tannins that do soften up with time. Good lingering finish but is a touch too hot with a heavy dose of road tar and tobacco.

This is a straight-forward cab which presents itself pretty good for the money – I don’t find it to be huge fruit-bomb which some folks may actually prefer but it does seem to be pretty well balanced if it weren’t for the hot finish.
W.E.P. Rating: 90%

2005 Reserve Merlot:
Technical Data: 

  • Vineyards: A majority of the merlot grapes come from 25-year-old vines are grown on the Wahluke Slope. The remainder of the Merlot and Petit Verdot come from the Yakima Valley.
  • First Harvest September 29, 2004
  • Brix 27.2
  • Length 6 days on skins
  • Yeast type Premier Cuvée
  • Total acidity 0.56 g/100ml
  • pH 3.57
  • Alcohol 13.57%
  • Blend 89.5% Merlot,
  • 10.5% Petit Verdot
  • Price: $25
Nose: Plum, blackberry, cedar plank, black cherry – hints of vanilla.
 
Taste: Excellent balance of fruit, pepper, vanilla notes and a hint of cedar box.. The finish brings a hint of veggie action which I like and lingers very nicely. Ends w/ a lot of fresh tar and tobacco drowning in blackberry.
 
The merlot is my favorite out of these three as it is the most balanced between purity of fruit and oak. I’m always a huge fan of wines which have a long finish and this merlot doesn’t disapoint.
2004 Reserve Syrah:
Technical Data:         

  • Vineyards: 100% Columbia Valley
  • First Harvest September 20, 2005
  • Brix 26.6
  • Length 6 days on skins
  • Yeast type D254
  • Total acidity 0.58 g/100ml
  • pH 3.70
  • Alcohol 14.3%
  • Blend 94.2% Syrah,
  • 5.8% Mourvedre
  • Price: $25
Nose: pepper, freshly killed game, loganberry, blackberry and some leather shoe-lace.
 
Taste: Right off the bat you get fresh game wrapped in loganberries and blueberries mixed in with white pepper. Take that and sprinkle in bits of leather and that’s what you have in this wine. Good fruit on the front and mid palate but falls a bit flat on the backend.
 
Here’s a syrah which could’ve been better than it is as it has a lot of the great syrah components I look for (blueberries and pepper), however, doesn’t do anything at all for me on the finish. If you start strong and finish short of the end-zone, it’s still not a touchdown.