New-World wines crafted
in an Old-World style.
It's a rainy day in Seattle but the tasting room is warm and dry. Stop on by for a Cloudlift Cellars tasting!
The wines are open and the truffles have arrived! Wine paired with chocolate truffles at Cloudlift Saturday and Sunday!
Wine and Chocolate pairings at Cloudlift! Artisan confectioner Reona will pair a unique chocolate with each wine this weekend only. This is our 5th year together and one of our most popular tastings. Come visit from 1-5 on Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th.
Joannie will be pouring in the tasting room tomorrow. Rand Sealey came by recently and wrote this about our wines!
In mid January, we spent an afternoon visiting some wineries in South Seattle. Our first stop was at Cloudlift Cellars on the corner of Fourth Avenue South and Lucille Street in Georgetown. The owner-winemaker is Tom Stangeland, a graduate of the Northwest Wine Academy.
2013 Cloudlift Cellars “Panorama” Merlot, Columbia Valley ($26)
Composed of 78% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this offers a deep ruby-garnet color and rich aromas of blackberry, cherry, plum, red roses, mulberry, sweet tobacco and sage. The flavors are pleasantly supple, yet well defined, with notes of licorice, Swiss chocolate, black tea and earthy minerals. The back picks up pressed berries, roasted nuts, mocha and toffee on the way to a supple yet firm tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
2013 Cloudlift Cellars “Ascent” Cabernet Franc, Horse Heaven Hills ($27)
This combination of 76% Alder Ridge Cab Franc with 18% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot shows a deep ruby color and a rich, smoky nose of raspberry, cherry, and plum with scents of rosebuds, brambles, tobacco, sage and pepper. The flavors mirror the aromatics with dark fruits are intermixed with licorice, dark cocoa, French roast and Horse Heaven scorched earth. On the back, the wine turns chewy textured with notes of roasted berries and nuts, mocha, toffee, and recurring earth, followed by a savory ripe tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
2013 Cloudlift Cellars “Halcyon” Cabernet Sauvignon, Horse Heaven Hills ($28)
Blended with 8% Merlot, this Cabernet displays a deep brick red color and rich aromas of blackberries, cherries, plums, black roses, tobacco, sandalwood, rosemary and spiced incense. The palate shows the warmth of the 2013 vintage, with supple, yet well delineated dark fruit flavors that are marked by notes of licorice, cocoa, French roast and minerals. The back picks up macerated berries, roasted walnuts, mocha and pencil lead followed by a ripe tannin finish. 18.5/20 points.
2013 Cloudlift Cellars “Stratus” Petit Verdot, Yakima Valley ($32)
Composed of 90% Elephant Mountain Petit Verdot and 10% Merlot, this wine shows the varietal traits of a deep crimson color and perfumed aromas of wild blackberry, blueberry, cassis, crushed roses, mulberry, orange peel and violets. The flavors, as well, are pleasing, with notes of red licorice, cocoa, French roast and minerals. The wine’s appeal continues on the back with sensations of pressed berries, toasted nuts, toffee and graphite, all leading deftly into a chewy, slightly grainy tannin finish. The overall balance gives it a plus. 18.5+/20 points.
Wine and hand-crafted chocolates by Reona!
us4.campaign-archive1.com We are thrilled to have Reona pair her confections with our wines for the 5th year! Enjoy wines and chocolates that balance the sweet with the savory, the exotic with the traditional. Reona's creations use spices, herbs and fruits as infusions or inclusions to enhance the chocolate experience. Each…
A Double Platinum Award at the Best of the Best!
us4.campaign-archive2.com The 17th Annual Platinum Judging concluded and the results can be found at Wine Press Northwest. The praise for this wine was terrific so I will just quote them,"Tom Stangeland’s Panorama topped a field of 39 Merlot entries, showing off a classy, “near-perfect expression” of the Merlot grape, in the...
Some good news...
The "Best of the Best" Platinum Awards were recently announced and Cloudlift Cellars earned a Double Platinum and 2 Double Gold awards! Panorama topped a field of 39 Merlot entries, showing off a classy, “near-perfect expression” of the Merlot grape, in the words of one smitten judge.Stop by the tasting room and pick up some for the holidays! We will be pouring Thursday and Friday afternoons with regular hours on the 24th (the Seahawks will be on!)
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