2008 Kontos Cellars Alatus

kontosHere’s an example of the kind of top-notch, small-batch Washington state wines that seem to be exceptionally difficult to find outside of the winery itself.

We paid a visit to these guys when we were in Walla Walla in 2010. They were among the wineries in the very charming Walla Walla Wine Incubators, which is are basically little pastel garages by the airport where talented winemakers get to ply their trade for a period of time.

Anyway, the Kontos brothers aren’t messing around. Every wine they made that we tried tasted great. Rich like most WW wines, but not overdone at all. Very impressive stuff.

This wine, a 5-year old Merlot dominant blend, still tasted fresh when we popped it with Sunday dinner, so who knows how long it has in its future? Another ten years, easy.

This is a very compelling wine. I’m sure some people will wine about the new oak, but I think its perfectly integrated here. The wine tastes like meat, berries, chocolate and velvet, and has enough acid to easily go with food.

A big, serious wine that shows an important side to Walla Walla merlot.

A-.

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About davetalkswine

I like to drink and write about wine. I'm an equal opportunity drinker, but gravitate toward France, the Pacific Northwest and up-and-comers like New York and Virginia.
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