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Ancestry Cellars, Woodinville (Jan 2023)

Ancestry Cellars was a pleasant surprise on a Wednesday evening, as I caught them near closing. Winemaker Jason Morin ties his family history into his bordeaux style wines, such as "La Soeur and Le Frere" (French for sister and brother).

Notes are from Ancestry Cellars

2021 Macheveau, $28

100% Malbec

Bold nose of blackberry and butterscotch, bursting with black and blue berries, with the slightest hint or crushed black pepper. The wine will make your favorite summer Sangria, and goes wonderfully with a Barbequed chicken!

Sold out

2018 Provocant, $30

A blend of 56% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc

Approachable and versatile with notes of plum and vanilla on the nose. Grippy tannins with cherry and blackberry on the palate. A great choice for your every day go to bottle!

Rating 4.2 - bright vibrant, easy drink, low oak, heavy alcohol

2017 La Soeur $40

A blend of 45% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 11% Malbec

Nose of blackberry and black currant. This wine has a full mouthfeel with lingering tannins. Flavors of tart black cherry, cacao, and a hint of pink peppercorn. This wine goes well with chocolate and your favorite Juicy cheeseburger.

Rating 4.4

2017 Le Frère $40

A blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Malbec, and 3% Petit Verdot.

Aromas of dried plum and blueberry. This wine has a soft mouth feel to start but gets richer and richer with every sip. Palate of dark plum, blackberry, and black peppercorn. This is our favorite wine to go with a steak, or cool nights around the fireplace.

Rating 4.5 - bolder than la Soeur

2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $55

Subtle aromas of pipe smoke and baking spices. This wine is dangerously smooth from start to finish. Bursting with dense dark. cherry, blackberry, plum, and the slightest hint of jalapeño. This wine is great on its own, but we suggest you share it with friends.

Rating 4.5 - 10% Merlot in the blend, nice interesting finish with kick of Jalapeno!

I thoroughly enjoyed Ancestry Cellars. The tasting was a nice progression and provided different expressions and variations of Bordeaux blends, dependent on the varietals and proportions. This provides a little something for every wine drinker. I particularly preferred the 2017 Le Frere and 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfortunately they sold out of their 2021 Macheveau (100% Malbec) which I will have to return to taste.


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