We last visited the fellows at 8 Bells earlier this year at the start of the Seattle Urban Winery Tasting tour. I was impressed with their balanced red blends and a deftly crafted chardonnay, and that says alot for me to be pleased with a chardonnay these days.
"It's that time of year again when we clean up the winery enough to make room for an artist's display, serve up some appetizers, play a little music and release some new wines. The winery will be open from 11 AM until 5 PM. We are very excited to announce our featured artist is Margi Thompson (see www.marjisart.com) showing her collection of encaustic paintings. Geoff Snow will be there with his guitar.
We are very proud to release the 2010 David's Block Cabernet Sauvignon from David's field blend block of Red Willow Vineyards. Eight Bells has rights all the grapes from this block in Red Willow designed by the late renowned Master Winemaker, David Lake. Field blending is old world winemaking not often found in the U.S., much less Washington. For an explanation of this technique from Mike Sauer, founder of Red Willow, please go to the "vineyard" link and click on the YouTube video on our website at www.8bellswinery.com.
We will also release the[masked] Clones Syrah, aka Clonal Block. This is a very unique blend of eight clones of syrah that come from a single block at Red Willow. Eight Bells gets all the fruit from this block as well and blends it with a small amount of grenache. The resulting complexity is evident from the aromatics as soon as you pop the glass top.
In addition, we will release a 2011 Red Willow Sangiovese (a great summer wine!), 2012 Pinot Gris (very crisp sipping wine!) and a very limited amount of 2009 Red Mountain Hedges North Block Merlot (our version of the Right Bank)."