Friends of mine took a wine tour through the Yakima and Prosser wineries the spring of 2008. They stopped through to visit us on their way home and we shared a bottle of wine, Desert Wind Ruah, probably a 2005 vintage. The tannins were too rough for me, but that particular bottle provided a platform for my college roomies and their spouses to meet this fantastic guy that would become my husband just over a year later. It also sparked an interest in red wines.
On our way home from a family event yesterday we picked up a bottle of 2010 Ruah to have when we settled in at home. This is a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, estate grapes from the Wahluke Slope of the Columbia Valley AVA. We aerated it figuring it would be pretty bold – but it was still too rough for me last night. It sat on the counter open for a few hours before we corked it for tonight.
This evening, with great anticipation I poured a small amount into a glass to taste – although it had come a long way since the night before, it was still not opened up to a point I would enjoy it. Again, I aerated it into the glasses. Ah, finally, it tasted of dark currants and blackberries with a middle smokiness and smooth finish.
Once we settle into our new house, we will probably get a couple of bottles to age. Maybe we will be able to convince those same friends to come visit us again.