Dear Friends of Woodhouse,
It is no secret that most often the focus of our newsletters is geared towards sharing with you the passion and excitement of our wines; what we are doing, how it is going to taste, and what we are looking forward to. Another important aspect of joy that we wish to share is how grateful we are to have such incredible customers.
We cannot say enough regarding the special people, all of you, that help contribute to our success here. We understand that wine is a beautiful thing, and it is our philosophy to continually create quality wines to share with friends, family, and special occasions; and to develop personal relationships with each one of our customers, and share our love of wine. We would like to thank our many customers for their loyalty and support. It is our pleasure to serve and share our wine with you! Have a Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful holiday season.
Best Wines for the Holidays
A number of our wines are showing very beautifully right now, and they would truly compliment your holiday meals. Here are just a few:
Kennedy Shah Grenache Rose 2010
Rose is probably the most versatile with for food, and our Rose is crisp, clean and light bodied, with wonderfully fresh flavors of strawberry, melon and a hint of white chocolate notes on the finish. For those who don’t like white wine, this is a perfect compromise that will pair well with turkey and all the fixins. This will also go well as an aperitif served with hors d’ouvres. Grenache is very limited in production here in Washington state, and this wine is definitely a rare treat.
Kennedy Shah Reserve Riesling 2009
Our grapes for this wine come from the highly acclaimed Dubrul Vineyard (old block) in the Yakima valley. Winemaker Jean Claude Beck (originally from Alsace, France), has been making Riesling for a very long time. His expertise in producing exceptional Riesling that is terroir driven, yet that has the unmistakable characteristics that are true to the region where he was born, are unmatched here in Washington. This seductive Riesling is both ripe and powerful and bursts with fresh and concentrated flavors of peach, apricot, tropical fruit and pear. Balanced and clean with a long elegant finish that offers chamomile, white flowers and an ongoing essence of minerality. As a Thanksgiving wine, Riesling is almost the perfect pairing. Our wine is more of an off-dry style with a hint of sweetness on the finish, just to let you know that it is a Riesling. This will definitely appeal to both the dry and or sweet white wine drinker.
Dussek Syrah 2008
This is a wine of elegance. The wine has evolved over the past few months to become one of the smoothest and most flavorful Syrahs we have ever had. Made from beautiful Rattlesnake Hills fruit, it has been aged for just the right amount of time under the right conditions to produce something just spectacular. A very sexy Syrah that exhibits light hints of smoke and bright red fruit, then leading into ripe red fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry and pomegranate on a smooth, velvety palate and finishing with wonderful hints of spice and mocha. We like this wine with the Thanksgiving favorites because of its flavor profile, smooth mouth feel and the fact that it will not overpower the flavors of the food. After all, it is really all about the food on this wonderful holiday.
Stop in, try a little wine and get in the holiday spirit. We have all these wines for sale here at the winery.
Kennedy Shah Holiday Blend NV - 3 Liter
Well, we finally released this red blend that we make special for the holidays. This year’s wine is a unique blend of 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah, 22% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon. A delicious blend that succeeds in combining great depth and structure to this wine. An expressive array of flavors are bolstered by juicy dark fruit, cocoa, anise and a welter of spice and ripeness that are stirred together with a vibrant acidity and well integrated tannins giving this wine a fresh and elegant finish. Stop by the winery during this upcoming weekend to see if Jean Claude is pouring this beautiful wine. Hint, hint
The 2006 Darighe release has come and gone, and so has the wine. This year's vintage was absolutely beautiful. The release weekend saw unmatched sales of this limited wine. If you were not able to purchase any extra, we are very sorry. The demand was high and rightly so. This vintage produced a wine that not only was great right now, but that we know will turn out to be one the best aging wines of the year. We had to limit the amount poured during the release weekend so as to make sure all of our members attending would have the opportunity to taste the wine. Next year's vintage should be just as spectacular, so keep your ears open, read your email daily come October and hopefully you can get your hands on a bottle. Or, better yet, you could join the Masters Wine Club now to assure that you get some extra bottles. In any event, we would like to congratulate the winemakers Jean Claude Beck and Tom Campbell on this truly incredible vintage.
Winemaker's Corner (with French accent s’il vous plait)
To my favorites,
The 2011 harvest is just done, in middle of November. I am so glad and now what? It was challenging but memorizes this vintage, because it will be very interesting. For this few hand full of grapes that the Mother Nature give us (almost with parsimony) those wine have a big potential so far to be exceptional, because justly of this low yield we had this year. A different style to work, which needed a lot of experience from growers and winemakers. Will see.
But I like the quality of the fruit we bring in, nice concentration, tasty and very well balanced. Everything is still fermenting now, and the processing is quietly flowing comfortable in the barrels, and I like this Italian citation. "A barrel of wine can do more miracles than a church of Saints". Patience
See you again in December, stop by at the winery, say bonjour and we will taste and talk about wine.
Happy thanksgiving to all,
Jean Claude, your winemaker