The popularity of wines from Washington & Oregon can not be denied, with a reputation for producing deeply concentrated and expressive wines. We are excited to exclusively offer a winemaker Ryan Harms personal project: Christopher Michael Wines. With this wine, he fulfills a lifelong dream by partnering with his brother to create beautiful, expressive, and affordable wines to beautifully showcase this exciting wine region.
We are offering this special wine at a tremendous sale price when you pre-order solid cases (a savings of over $40!) We’ll be offering 3 varieties: a Red Blend, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Pinot Gris.
OFFER IS CLOSED.
The wine arrives to the store on September 15, 2015.
A Note from the Wine Buyer, Andy Hall:
This kind of thing doesn’t happen very often. In fact, in my nearly 15 years of buying wine for Surdyk’s, I can count on one hand the number of small, artisanal wineries that we were lucky enough to get in with on the ground floor. Normally, wineries with this kind of pedigree seek to sell their wines in the $25 – $40 per bottle range, a price point hard to justify to the average customer for a new winery. The Harms brothers knew better. They understand that eve though their wine is hand-picked and carefully vinified by them personally, a new winery simply can not command the big bucks in its first vitnages. They have made three wines, each of which is so special that we bought as much as we could. We think you’ll agree, these wines blow the doors off anything else that we have seen recently in their price range. They are flavorful, fruit driven wines that are versatile and affordable and drink with some real personality. Please give these wines a try. We love them, and think you will too!
Complete Staff Tasting Notes:
Christopher Michael Red Blend 2013 (Washington)
Varietal Blend: 45% Barbera, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 10% Petite Verdot, and 8% Malbec
Derek Brammer: An interesting blend with Barbera, Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. This delicious red displays a nose full of dark berries, plums, and violets. Flavors run between blackberries, tart cherry, plum, with a nice, smooth finish.
Noelle Starr: This supple red is an ideal wine to transition to Fall with. Scents of plum, vanilla, cigar, and cocoa powder are dark and intense. The flavors follow the nose, supple and decadent, yet, thanks to the presence of Barbera, there is a brightness that keeps the richness from sliding into syrupy.
Drew Fuller: This red blend shows exactly what happens when gorgeous Columbia Valley grapes meet an excellent winemaker. Loaded with rich fruit like plum and black cherry, nuanced with subtle spice. Lush and incredibly smooth, the year this wine spent in French oak gives this wine its velvet-like finish. Keep your grill going long into the fall with this wine!
Bill McCleary: I fell for this immediately. It possesses great aromatics and lots of red berry fruitiness, accented with notes of vanilla, and soft cedar expression on the finish. A second glass is a must!
Roger Clark: This blend thoroughly and utterly works. The Barbera plays extremely well with the supporting cast of Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, & Malbec, allowing for all the parts to have their moment. I won’t tire of this wine anytime soon.
Christopher Michael Pinot Gris 2014 (Oregon)
Roger Clark: I am more and more becoming a fan of Pac NW Pinot Gris. Complexity, enticing aromatics, weight without flabbiness, stunning fruit character, and a liveliness that never hits sour or too high-strung. This white will make you a fan, too.
Bill McCleary: I am a fan of white wine all year round, Pinot Gris from the Willamette Valley (where this is sourced) during the fall months. There is a bit more roundness to the fruit notes of pear, apricot and citrus which goes nicely with cooler temperatures and comforting dishes like roast chicken and pork chops.
Derek Brammer: The nose on this wine showcases lively fruit (peach and citrus) and pretty floral qualities. There is a great balance between the softness of the fruit on the mid-palate and the pleasant acidity at the end. That combination makes this extremely easy to drink!
Noelle Starr: Pinot Gris from Oregon, for some reason that is beyond me, often gets overlooked. More round than Italy, more depth of fruit and interest that California, this is a white wine that will please almost all white wine lovers. Dry, yet full of ripe fruit flavors that appear first on the nose. Lively acidity comes in at the end to balance out the fruit. Delightful.
Drew Fuller: The 2013 vintage in Willamette Valley, Oregon was predominantly warm and dry, producing consistently ripe fruit that shows in this beautiful Pinot Gris. Tropical notes of peach along with pear are balanced with hints of lively, bright grapefruit. Aging on the lees gives texture and creaminess. An excellent alternative for Chardonnay lovers.
Christopher Michael Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 (Washington)
Derek Brammer: Dark crimson color, an inviting nose of crushed red berries and blackberry compote layered with oak spices and leather. Flavors replicate the aromatics and provide an incredibly complex wine for the price.
Noelle Starr: Start with red currant and dried savory herb, then add fudge and finish with menthol – that is just the aromatics. Classic Washington Cabernet flavor profile with dense red fruit layered in with dusty spices. A mouth coating, completely satisfying wine. And an incredible deal at $11.
Drew Fuller: A classic nose. I pick up red berry and herbal, dried tea leaves. The mouthfeel of this wine plays perfectly with the fruit and hints of oak (18 months aged). A balanced acidity and subtle, but present fine-grained tannins will make you sit up and take notice of the wine in your glass.
Bill McCleary: This has great Cabernet varietal character – solid dark currant fruit, some herbal backbone, medium structure and just the right touch of tannin. A perfect companion to aged Cheddar cheese.
Roger Clark: As Washington wines become a serious presence in our aisles, I continue to be impressed at the quality and complexity that these wines deliver. This 100% Cabernet has the aromatics, structure, and depth of a wine easily two times its price. I suspect this wine will show even more as it ages a bit. But, by all means, drink some of this now!