Dunham Cellars “Trutina”
Red Blend: 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 5% Cab Franc
REGION: US: Washington State: Columbia Valley: Walla Walla
AVERAGE RETAIL: $35
What they say about it:
“Rich, ripe pomegranate and lavender notes with hints of black cherry round off in the mouth with lush blackberry and floral notes. As in the meaning of the Latin word “Trutina,” we have found a wonderful “balance” in these four blended varieties.”
What I say about it:
Having recently tasted the Trutina from Dunham Cellars at the Full Pull Wines 5 Year Pull Event, I was lucky that my friend Matt had bought a couple of bottles and shared one this past Friday. We won’t hold it against them that they suggested it was too expensive to purchase, but I’ll address that one of these days in a post about wine snobbery.
So out of the bottle and into the glass….
The color of the wine is a nice ruby red with a slight touch of rustiness. Long legs in the glass (13.8% alcohol content). Nose of the wine is smokey with pronounced Oak, leather, pepper, spice, cocoa, red fruits: cherries and blackberries foremost. The taste was equally full of red fruits: cherries and blackberries with Oak, slight spice and a jammy quality. The Trutina has a long finish with soft tannins with well balanced acidity.
Matt gave it 4 BUKS, while my fiance Nicole gave it only 3 BUKS. Keri, Matt’s wife, was not a fan.
For pairings, this would match well with red meat and more full flavored dishes. For cheeses I would try Roquefort or cambozola. Stick to more bold flavored cheeses. I would also suggest dried cured meats with this wine as the saltiness will contrast the jammy, sweeter characteristics of the wine as well.
The Trutina is available only direct from the winery and several local WA sellers. At last the winery had a very limited quantity of this vintage left.
Would Bukowski Drink It? Find what you love and let it kill you. Pour me another glass, I am in love.
Overall Rating: 4 BUKS