2007 Dusted Valley Syrah “Stained Tooth” & 2009 Rasa Vineyards Riesling “Composer”

Hello friends. Quick weekend offering on two terrific wines that have just seen price drops. As I have mentioned previously, price drops into this range have a typical target of restaurant glass-pour lists, but I’m all too happy to swoop in and reserve parcels for our list.

2007 Dusted Valley Syrah “Stained Tooth”

We offered the 06 vintage of this almost exactly one year ago, and it was a popular wine, subject to frequent and enthusiastic reorder requests. Here the Dusted Valley boys coferment Syrah (89% of the blend) with Viognier (5%) and then blend with 5% Grenache and 1% Counoise; sort of a weird mashup of Northern and Southern Rhone styles, but it always seems to hang together.

Driven by an alluring nose of earth and violet (the flower and the stem), this is perfumed in the mouth (the Viognier coferment helps with the floral notes), with black and purple fruit and semisweet chocolate. This manages to convey richness while retaining freshness, and it finishes with chewy black tea tannins.

Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “($26); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 91pts.”

2009 Rasa Vineyards Riesling “Composer”

About half of this Riesling (Rasa’s first) comes from Sagemoor’s old blocks (1974-planted). This is a great example of the rehab work Kent Waliser has done with these old Sagemoor vineyards. He is really allowing these older vines to show their inherent class. This is noteworthy in part because I believe it’s only the second non-dessert white to receive Sean Sullivan’s highest rating:

Washington Wine Report (Sean Sullivan): “($30); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. Rating: ** (Exceptional).”

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “($30); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 92pts.”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($30); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19/20pts.”

First come first served up to 12 bottles of each, and we should have the wines in the warehouse in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping.

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