MIDDLETON FAMILY WINES, producer of lines from Washington State, Paso Robles, Calif., Western Australia and Italy (Buried Cane, Cadaretta, Clayhouse, Ad Lib and more) has widened its scope to include another brand called Inconceivable — described as “discovery” wines.
For the Inconceivable Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the thinking was first dreaming up the style of wine to make and then where to source it, and finding the right people to make it — to conceive what seemed inconceivable. The company came up with veteran winemaker Kendall Mix to make the Cabernet off Columbia Valley vineyards in Washington and Blake Kuhn to make the Chardonnay from the Santa Maria Valley in California’s Santa Barbara County.
Both bottles have unique one-piece, wrap-around labels designed to look like old-fashioned treasure maps showing where the grapes are grown to give the wine a sense of place and the consumer a sense of discovery and adventure. The Inconceivable Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington pays tribute to the Ice Age floods that carved out the land now known as the Columbia Valley.
Inconceivable “Before the Floods” Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012, $25: This beauty is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot off five Columbia Valley vineyards. Flavors are dark berried fruit, cocoa powder and cherry with a subtle herbal vein. Tannins are soft, acidity is sturdy. It was aged 26 months in barrel — 45 percent new, a mix of French and American. It’s a well-mannered, full-bodied wine at 15 percent alcohol.
You can reach Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@Hotmail.com.