Ruah,’breath of the Gods’

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.

Desert Wind 2010 Ruah from Prosser, Washington
Desert Wind 2010 Ruah from Prosser, Washington
Deep garnet, smokey nose, dry red blend
Deep garnet, smokey nose, dry red blend

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.

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