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I had the privilege visitng Alleromb tasting room/winery in Walla Walla Washington, on my last trip. A beautiful space, with light wood floors, and glorious decor, showcasing local artists, I was impressed before I even lifted a glass.

The set of chardonnays I had from the Alleromb winery was, hands down, the very  BEST that I have ever had. Say what you will about chardonnay, but the Morell family has made this grape shine like I never thought possible. There was a set of 3 chardonnays that I was tasted on. These three were made in the image of the three young daughters, Gemma Camaryn, Camylla Loren, and Ysabella Bjork. Each of these wines is tailored to showcase each daughter’s personality. All three had were distinctly the same family, but the subtle notes are clearly different personalities within that family. This was a beautiful illustration of the art that can be done with wine, like portraits in paint, of three distinctly different people.

The label describes Camylla Loren as, “The typical middle child, Camylla Loren is our “power house,” vigorous, and confident.  She makes herself heard, pushing the boundaries of fun and serious. Expect the same form this wine, forward and dense with a strikingly tannic spine and terrific balance.”

I couldn’t agree more. This is wine is an amazing balance of pears and golden fruit, with tamarinds, and excellent florals of freesia, lilies, lilac and lavender and oak. The oak which is more often than not, a disastrous sticking place with chardonnay, is in perfect harmony with the other elements of Camylla Loren, to create a finish that still lasts 30 seconds after the sip itself has ended. The oak adds a level of sweet vanilla that laces through the power and joy of the fruity florals.

This is, by far, the very best chardonnay I have ever had.

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This delightful blend from Rasa Vineyards, from Walla Walla, Washington is one of the best Washington wines that I’ve had. It’s a perfect blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petite Verdot. Titled, “In Order to Form a More Perfect Union,” this 2013 blend is aptly named, both for our fast paced political climate, and for the union of these grapes. It is dark, inky garnet, fancy, lace-stocking’d legs in the glass. It’s body is muscular, but round, powerfully striking, but feminine. She is a socialite queen, but not delicate, rather, commanding in presence. She is black cherries, refined plums, with cinnamon, and hints of blackberry juice soaked nectarines. She is an actress of bygone eras on the silver screen. She’ll steal your heart away, from a theater seat, mouth watering, heart racing.

Walla Walla Washington

Earlier this month, I took a take a trip to Walla Walla Washington to visit family. I was able to, (they insisted on it) take a good amount of the few days I was there to visit multiple wineries.

It’s amazing to me, how much Walla Walla has changed since I was a child. Back then, there were two or three restaurants that weren’t chains, that I can personally remember. Now, there are dozens of restaurants of all varieties

Over the course of two days, I tasted my way through the following wineries:

College Cellars, of the Enology and Viticulture Center

Lagana – run by a graduate of the Enology & Viticulture Center

Lodmell Cellars

Sui Lei Winery

Goose Ridge Cellars

Eternal

Corazon

Aleromb

And one or two more that I tasted through, without taking notes. I just wanted to enjoy their wines.

It was a real pleasure to meet so many wonderful people, of all ages, who were so in love with wine. It was a rare pleasure for me, since it’s so rare, out here in Montana, that I get to talk about wine with people who know about it. Like any passion, it has it’s own language.

Over the next few days, I’ll be writing about my experiences with those wineries.

I passed my Intro to Sommelier Exam!!! First step in my dream is complete!

Dunham 3 Legged Dog 2010 is a proprietary red blend named for Eric Dunham’s 3 legged dog, Port. The blend of grapes is secret, but the wine is marvelous. It’s not nearly as austere or tannic as some Walla Walla wines seem to be. It’s full of red fruit, figs, blackberry tang, cherries, and forest floor earthiness. There are also toasty vanilla edges to this wine’s mellow but full body.

Dunham 3 Legged Dog 2010 is a quiet afternoon in a red (cherry) velvet, high backed chair in the sun that shows through tall windows, with a book in your lap that you only glance at to read a phrase or two before gazing back out the window or dozing off.