A couple of years ago, in the TriCities Airport, a friend and I discovered Fidelitas Wines, specifically the M100 red blend. Before her flight departed we visited over a glass of wine, when she returned, we stopped into the restaurant in the airport to have another glass of that wine we liked so much since we hadn’t seen it anywhere else. You can read about this wine from my post here.
We attempted to taste wines at the Red Mountain tasting room this last September, but the place was too full of people to get close enough to get a glass to taste with, never mind wine. For our sanity, we opted to leave and return during a quieter time; like winter when we are all in a slower mode. We were the only visitors Saturday morning, it was cold, wet and gray outside but it was cheerful and warm inside the tasting room. Chelsea, the tasting room manager, poured for us.
We shared a tasting, as usual, beginning with a 2013 Klipsun Vineyard Optu white wine blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc 40% Semillon. Clean, crisp fruit on the nose and palate with 14% ABV! (The 2013 & 2014 vintages were so hot ripening fruit was not difficult, so high alcohols can result.) 2012 Northridge Malbec, released the previous weekend, was fruity and spicy – absolutely lovely. The 2011 Bouchay Vineyard Red Wine is fruit from a Yakima Valley vineyard planted in 1980, early in the Washington Wine Industry’s history: 48% Cab Sauv, 43% Merlot and 9% Cab Franc for a multilayered, rich feeling and tasting wine. Back on Red Mountain for the last two red wines, a 2011 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain
Vineyard and Hightower Vineyard (we visited Hightower Cellars in my last blog) and a 2010 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon with 8% Petit Verdot. Considering the cooler temperatures during these vintages I am usually not very excited about Cab Sauv based wines due to the less ripe ‘green pepper’ flavor that dominates them, but that wasn’t the case with these which was great. Our last pour was a 2013 Late Harvest Klipsun Vineyard 100% Semillon, Fidelitas’s first foray into the dessert category. Released last summer, the 100 cases will not last long and there was no 2014 to replace it.
We were very glad we returned to Fidelitas, it was great to discuss the wines as we tasted them.