3:30pm – Mansion Creek Cellars Red Dog

by Tom Joe The “Hops ‘R Better” Winer

Another fine wine met during our speed-tasting at the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC). How did I feel about tasting so many wines in a finite time and having to blog? Click here!

¿Qué diablos? ¡Vamos a beber!

Chatted with Denny Russell of Mansion Creek Cellars about his Red Dog wine and the Portuguese varietals he sources right here in Washington State.

Mansion Creek Cellars was started in 2006 by Julia Russell (frequently seen wearing a flamenco dress!), with her son Denny (and his wife) taking over in 2017 as the owner and winemaker. The wine being poured was one of the first wines that Denny created and, being of Spanish heritage, are all heavily influenced by Iberian varietals.

The 2015 Red Mountain Red Dog consists of:

  • 70% Tinta Cão
  • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

Denny says, “Tinta Cão is a Portuguese varietal usually made for Port. Some use it for dry red wine and they usually don’t use it in the volumes found at Mansion Creek Cellars because the yield is half per acre making it one of the most expensive juices to produce. The leased vineyard we source Tinta Cão from is on Red Mountain. In addition, we have other Touriga Nacional and Souzão and, from Spain, Granche and Tempranillo we use in other wines.”

He continues to say, “On the backend of this wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon adds the structure that you need to balance out the Tinta Cão – it lessens the “pucker” which you’d still get, but without the Cabernet Sauvignon it would be even more pronounced.

As his Mama Julia says: “Darlings… my vinos are good to go!

Remember, it’s all about having FUN with wine! 

Drink Wine – Drink Wisely!

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