Visiting Full Pull Wines

Friday, October 9, 2009
Wow. So, today I went to check out Full Pull Wines down in the SoDo district of Seattle.

A little about Full Pull: they are a fledgling wine store that caters mostly to an online audience but has TPU (Thursday Pick-Up) policy where you can go to the warehouse and pickup your wine (at a discount), talk to Paul and taste a little vino. Now when I say this place is fledgling I mean a baby, I didn't realize this upon entering their innocuous building but I believe this is their maiden tasting and their first few weeks in operation.

If you are a young wine enthusiast but don't necessarily have the palate for the high-faluten' elitism, or the traditional price that comes with it -- this place is for you. Full Pull delivers, I mean really delivers, as far a QPR (quality to price ratio) goes. As Wine Peeps candidly put it in their review of Full Pull:

" If you ... love the personal attention and customer service of Nordstrom but prefers the prices of Target, Full Pull Wines could be the perfect wine retailer for you."

Paul Zitarelli, founder of Full Pull Wines, is providing a unique opportunity buy specializing in somewhat obscure and under-the-radar Washington wines. I truly believe that Washington, and especially Walla Walla are huge dynamic up-and-coming regions in the wine world and this is an opportunity to get to know the region and the wines without physically visiting all of the wineries.

Good job Paul and I wish good business for you and to see you in the future.

Cheese and Wine

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The classic pairing of cheese and wine hearkens to a time of pantaloons, 3-piece wool suits, monocles, and portly mustachioed men. This blog does not include any of the above except for, of course, cheese.

It's funny and sexy, so let's all enjoy one of the better foods that doctors promise will kills us by our 50's.

The Thunder!

Sunday, October 4, 2009



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Chateau Dona Baissas, Cuvee Prestige 2005

Nose: Tough nose, but definitely some plumb and cherry, nice fruit, and a little chocolate around the edges. Defiantly a little alcohol coming through, but enjoyable. This wine was from a restaurant I work at and has been open for quite a while, not too long, but it should be showing well.

Palate: On the front end of the palate some brine-ey flavors mixed with a little plumb, think turning a bunch of plumbs into olives, but still tasting like plumbs. The mid-palate is a little awkward, kinda bitter tannins but BUT, some really really interesting apple sauce flavors mixed in with the bitter. The back-end is decent a little weak but with some strawberry flavors bleeding into cocoa flavor.

Trader Joe's, Pasco Robles 2007 Cabernet Franc

Color: weird, a really "purple" color, like almost a caricature of what wine "looks" like.

Nose: This has a stellar nose, really interesting. Lots of dark and purple fruit and the hook is this great spice aspect. Defiantly Cinnamon and some curry spices, it is super exciting and awesome to pick apart.

Palate: The beginning of the palate tastes kinda like toothpaste and strawberries (but not quite like strawberry toothpaste) crazy though. The midpalate 'aint that good serving up loads of bitter menthol and "cough medicine" flavors - not very good. Likewise the back-end it begins to rock the plumb and cocoa flavor but then just fades leaving one with a weak mouth-feel.

Overall the palate is a big let-down from the nose, which was super interesting - the mouth-feel is a bit fake and astringent. But its almost worth it for the nose.

Visiting Full Pull Wines

Friday, October 9, 2009
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