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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PERFECTLY CELLARED?

  • Wine is stored on its side to prevent the cork from drying out over time.

  • Bottles are rotated regularly to prevent a buildup of sediment.

  • Consistent temperature in the mid-50 degree range with little exposure to light.

Many of these examples are also an insight into why wine bottles – especially red wines – are darkly tinted, and made of thick glass.


DIFFERENCES BETWEEN LIBRARY WINES AND CURRENT VINTAGES?

Wines in their youth have a lot of expression going on in terms of acidity, tannin structure and fruit profiles. Sometimes early on, these qualities are all competing for dominance and can easily confuse or overwhelm your pallet. As they age, all of these characteristics start to mesh together, and if the winemaker has done their job well, will showcase a wine that is perfectly balanced, with nuances of those characteristics that were overwhelming in it’s youth, now working in harmony to accentuate the talents of the winemaker and their process. Wine lovers and their vintage preferences are just as diverse in their opinions as any other consumable product industry we could profile.


VINTAGE NOTES

Some of Washington’s acclaimed vintages that are in our library:

2005 – 2009
Warm typical Washington characteristics.

2010
A cooler but not too cold vintage that is just now becoming an exciting vintage.

2012
Was not too hot, but had a steady growing season with lots of fruit forward ripeness and a balance of good acidity.

Visit us for a limited time Library offerings in Woodinville throughout January!

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