From the Compass Wines Newsletter
Unless you are a regular imbiber of the red wines from Uruguay or the 'black wines' of Madiran, you are likely unfamiliar with Tannat. As should be apparent by the nickname of 'black wine', this is certainly not delicate or a shrinking violet of a wine. Rather, this is more like a 'purple people eater', but in a good way. Inky black with notes of dried lavender, kirsch, loganberry syrup and with a peppery finish not unlike a Petit Verdot. This is one of, if not the first, straight varietal version of this I have seen from Washington and if this is any indication of the potential, we have a new star on the horizon. Grilled steaks on the BBQ, a rich and robust leg of lamb or hearty stew are beckoning for this gem. Only about 100 cases were produced and we have only 5 of those. Pretty killer stuff. Their Website
And another from Review of Washington Wines...this from a visit at Taste Washington.
2014 Bartholomew Tannat, Rattlesnake Hills, Konnowak Vineyard ($32)
This is the first Washington Tannat I’ve run across, from a grape originating in Southwest France. It displays a deep ruby-crimson color and intriguing aromas of raspberries, cherries, cranberries and plums, with scents of black roses, tobacco, violets and smoldering incense. The flavors, as well, are attention getting, with layers of red and blue fruits that are intermixed with black licorice, cocoa, roasted coffee beans and earth. The grainy textured back picks up macerated berries and roasted nuts, mocha and charcoal, followed by sturdy tannins (a trait of Tannat) on the deep finish. 18.5+/20 points. Rand's Website
Thank you Compass and Review of Washington Wine for the kind words. We are very glad to have you as partners selling Bartholomew wine.
There are only 10 cases left. Grab some from our tasting room in the Old Rainier Brewery or online from this website. You can always purchase online and designate the order as "Pick-up" if you don't want to pay for shipping. We'll hold the order for you until you can make it into the tasting room.
Bart & Chona Fawbush
Owners of Bartholomew Winery in Seattle Washington Since 2007