Sydney Kranz

Licensed Massage Therapist



Washington Wine Tasting Notes

The bottle I decided to open for the tasting project is from Henry Earl in Eastern Washington. It's a 2012 Malbec from the Red Mountain AVA. It was given to me as a gift from a friend in Walla Walla when I was putting together a case to take back to Florida with me.

Washington wines, specifically those from Walla Walla and the surrounding AVAs, hold a very special place in my heart because I worked in a winery there during the 2013 vintage. It was extremely rewarding and challenging, and I have so much respect for wine from that experience. 

This class was a fun refresher on tasting and reminded me of my love of wine. Since moving back to Florida and working in a fine-dining restaurant, I've been around a lot of pretentiousness and snobbery surrounding the world of wine, and it was really nice to be reminded that it is accessible to all. Thank you for that, Gary.

My tasting notes were as follows:

Color - Inky, a deep purple veering towards black, and opaque with some sparkle around the edges.

Nose - Red current, caramelized sugar, rubbing alcohol (burnt my nose a little).

Taste - Ripe red fruit, molasses, raspberry, and tannins heading towards leather. It was medium to medium-low with acid and had a short finish.

Overall, I was not a fan of this wine. This one will probably be better for its second round after getting some time to breathe, but I tend to stick with Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon for my Washington reds.


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