This is a well executed grape stock sourced, quality Rhone style blend, ala Châteauneuf-du-Pape likeness ist unmistakable. The blend is just as var... Read more
Just discovering Columbia Valley wines and recommended by a chef/owner friend who prides himself on great wines at good prices. Fruit forward, ligh... Read more
A great find fromthe Pacific Northwest. Highly recommend this Meritage blend. Read more
Food Pairings for Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Blend Columbia Valley Orphelin Limited Release
This is a well executed grape stock sourced, quality Rhone style blend, ala Châteauneuf-du-Pape likeness ist unmistakable. The blend is just as varied as der C-D-P und maybe hast one more: 56% Syrah, yo 15% Mourvedre, silky 10% Cinsault, 8% Grenache, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Touriga, and exclamation pts. 1% Pinot Noir and 1% Viognier. Yikes ~craft away I say! It was hard enough to type all that? So for the reasonable price and regardless of somewhat somber notes, this does pretty darn well using a Syrah, Mouvedre, Cinsault toppers to that whole host of variables to make complex and interesting layers enough to keep thy attention. Buy a case. I think of this as a great starter with Pre-Dinner fare. I shared this with lovely bellissimo Luchia, Wermont, La Luca his ownself, his holiness (Armand) Cardinal-Duc de Richelieu, Tim & Lorri, Angelina Marie moi sposa, who would have none, and Dr. Doom, Louis-Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (Celine), whom had way way too much. The nose on this wine reminds me of: Softness dark plum hint pear phrases with loganberry spice. This wine would pair well prior to food other than hors d' oeuvres I think this wine is extremely affordable luxury from Washington, the only bothersome aspect ist that they source their raw material inventory, which always makes me feel uncomfortable. I scale rate this blend at a light 90
Just discovering Columbia Valley wines and recommended by a chef/owner friend who prides himself on great wines at good prices. Fruit forward, light for a red of this nature, complex back end with subtle floral nose.
A great find fromthe Pacific Northwest. Highly recommend this Meritage blend.
Excellent meritage blend of nine "orphaned" grapes from WA state. A fruit forward, light red blend that compliments most foods and cheeses, and good as a stand alone. Opens quickly, even better if you aerate the first glass if drinking as soon as it is opened. Exceptionall value for a good, every day wine. It will be disappointing when this disappears from the shelves.I first tasted Orphelin at the winery in March of 2008 and enjoyed this unique blend. Since that time, we have bought this by the case and have never been disappointed nor have our friends to whom we have introduced Orphelin. Great job by winemaker Bob Bertheau, shows his creativity and exceptional knowledge of grapes and blending.
This wine opened up nicely after only a short time and complemented my beef tenderloin and risotto quite well. My wife thought it paired less well with her linguini with a spicy tomato sauce.
Excellent value wine. Nice fruit and moderate finish. Very nice.
This Orphelin was paired with an extremely decedent chocolate mousse. Though, the mousse was fantastic, it was the wine which inspired me to have the waiter write down the name and vintage. This wine is made from the various orphaned grapes of Chateau Ste Michelle winery and they form a symphony in flavor and bouquet.
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