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My travels brought me to Seattle for a few days this week, which of course includes a stop at the Vino Volo at Sea-Tac airport.  For those who aren’t familiar with Vino Volo (you need to get out more), they are a chain of wine bars located in various airports throughout the US.  

BunnellWhile waiting for my red eye to IAD, I stopped in for dinner and a couple of glasses of wine. 

I started out with a glass of the Bunnell Family Cellars 2006 Vif – a blend of 49.5% Syrah, 27.1% Mourvedre, 15.4% Petit Sirah, 4.3% Cinsault and 3.8% Grenache.  Bunnell Family Cellars, located in the Columbia Valley, sources grapes from several growers throughout the area.  $15/glass, or $39/bottle.  Intense, bold fruit.  A full nose of blackberry jam, blueberry, prune and old spice (like the old cologne) with hints of earth that lead to flavors of cinnamon, blackberries and coffee.   This is an excellent wine.   Just 307 cases produced.

The Bunnell is definitely a crowd pleaser – a group of three Brits that who came in during my visit ordered the Washington Tasting Flight that included the Bunnell Vif.  Two of them ordered a glass of the Bunnell after they finished the flight.

Next, I moved on to the Beran Vineyards 2005 Pinot Noir (Pommard Clone) from the Willamette Valley.  Beran located in a converted dairy barn situated just 20 miles southwest from Portland, focuses exclusively on Pinot Noir.    $13/glass, $33 bottle.  Only 450 cases produced.  On the nose I found cherry, cinnamon and raspberry.  Light mouth feel with flavors of sour cherry.   This wine was ok, but didn’t throw my hair back.