One of the great things about the wine business at large is that there are many small wineries out there who are very passionate about the products they produce and for those who know about them, can bring a rewarding experience. My friend, Bob Andrake, of Andrake Cellars in Olympia WA is one of those who truly love wine and everything about it.
Over the past few years, I’ve got to know him and his wife – wonderful folks who love life, family and food – my kind of peeps. One thing I know about Bob is that he has no qualms about dissing his own wines when he feels they don’t quite cut the mustard – there has been more than one occasion where he and I have sat around, drinking one of his wines – and he’ll say something along the lines of “jeesh, that sure didn’t turn out like I had hoped” (i’m paraphrasing). His honesty of this own wines and passion for making the best he knows how helps to keep his head in the game and lets him stay intellectually honest about his own products.
- Vineyards: Meek Vineyards
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- Ph: 3.82
- Oak: 100% French Oak – 35% new
- Cases Produced: 72
- 96% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot and 2% Cab Franc
- Cost: $30
Nose: Floods of dark chocolate and cherries with hints of eucalyptus, white pepper, tobacco and tobacco.
Taste: Mountains of insanely dark fruit – this is one of the darkest, blackest merlots I’ve had in a LONG time. Massive attack of blackberries and white pepper on the front-end – it’s like sticking your tongue straight into a jar of home-made blackberry jam and then sniffing pepper. A good, long finish that comes across a bit on the hot side as it slides down the ol’ hatch. This wine is cleary not for everyone – old world wine fans will need to check out some other wine.
W.E.P. Rating: 85%
Andrake Cellars: #: 360-943-3746