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May 14, 2007

05 Magnificent Wine Company, Columbia Valley House Wine

Man, the House Wine has become such a commodity. What was an unbelievable bargain has "matured" to become just another everyday table wine. A good one, mind you, but nothing like the ones of a few years ago, which gave every northwest cabernet at three times the price a run for the money (Andrew Will, Walla Walla, the list goes on). Now, its competition is more in the class of cheap Spanish garnacha and monastrell--grapey enough to keep everyone happy, with the trademark breadcrumb-like tannin (not too dry, but with enough grip to make you think it's a serious wine), and nothing really serious going on. Which is maybe what this wine should have been in the first place--still every bit worth buying as it was with the 2002--but we were spoiled by those early Charlie Smith-driven vintages that gave an entire generation of cheap wine drinkers a true taste of the power and sophistication of New World wine fornenst California's overpriced reds. So be it. We had our fun. And now we get what we deserve--a ripe, tasty red with no apparent flaws.


Anonymous Michelaccio said...

Those simpler, happier days are long gone. Now it is more Hogue than House. Remember that old Madness song, "Our House?"

"I remember way back then when everything was true and when
We would have such a very good time
Such a fine time, such a happy time"

Now our House Wine is very much in the middle of the street.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

I wonder what will become of next vintage since it's been acquired by Precept brands

even though it's not on the site yet, look at it's future companions.
ho hum

10:54 AM  

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