Get Lost In Vino Bello’s Lost River Wine Tasting Saturday

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Vino BelloCourtesy Vino Bello, 636 SW 152nd St – F, Burien, (206) 244-VINO:

This Saturday, Mar. 15th, from Noon-8pm, Vino Bello welcomes winemaker John Morgan of Lost River Winery in Winthrop, WA (John will be there from 4pm-8pm).

All of Lost River’s grapes are grown under acreage contracts with growers who are integral partners in making the wines. Through long term partnerships and working in specific vineyard blocks, they draw upon the skills of the growers to implement the farming specifications and the desired crop loads. Since they pay by the acre, the focus of both parties is on fruit quality and vine balance, rather than high yields. All of the wines are limited in quantity.

The fruit used draws upon the diversity of the Columbia Valley American Viticultural area (AVA), and originates in four different areas, these being The Walla Walla Valley, The Wahluke Slope, The lower Yakima Valley’s Roza Slope, and the Horse Heaven Hills.

2006 Columbia Valley Rainshadow
A blend of 40% Semillon & 60% Sauvignon Blanc, this wine exhibits aromas of citrus, pear and tropical fruits. Partial malolactic fermentation enhances the fruit aroma and preserves the acidity. With proper cellaring, this wine should age well for 2 to 3 years.

2004 Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine exhibits notes of raspberries, black currants and spice. This wine will continue to improve with an additional year in bottle, and, with proper cellaring, should age well until at least 2011. 91 point s – Wine Spectator

2005 Walla Walla Valley Syrah
This wine exhibits a blend of terroir expression with distinctive black pepper and cherry notes with strong character of bitter chocolate, coffee and meat. The length in barrel and restrained amount of new French oak lengthens the wines finish and enhances fruit aromas, while the small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon contributes to a firm tannin structure. Double Gold Medal and Best of Varietal Award, Tri Cities Wine Fest -  2007.

2005 Columbia Valley Cedarosa
A blend of 55% Merlot & 45% Cabernet Franc, this is the second release of our reserve blend “Cedarosa”. Comprised of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, this blend is mad in the style of the wines of St. Emillon on the “Right Bank” in Bordeaux. The name is a contraction of the words “Cedar” and “Ponderosa” and is inspired by the cedar trees which are a feature of the estates in Bordeaux, metaphorically representing the nobility, longevity, and strength of the local wines. This wine exhibits notes of blackberry, currant, cassis and licorice.

2005 Columbia Valley Merlot
This wine exhibits notes of black currant and cassis, cherry, and licorice. This wine will improve with an additional year in bottle, and, with proper cellaring, should age well until at least 2010.

Live Music featuring JD Hobson – 5pm

Noon-8pm: Lost River Winery tasting, $10

4pm – 8pm: Meet John Morgan of Lost River Winery

5pm+: Live Music featuring JD Hobson

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