A very nice Cab Franc and a nice value. Purple in color, some ruby, opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, slight cigar box, slighter bell pepper, and spice. Full bodied. Medium tannins. Good balance. On the palate, black cherry fruit with some tobacco and slight bell pepper. Good finish. Drinking well and should continue for seven to ten years. Nice on its own, this will work well with Lamb Stew.
This is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 5% each of Malbec and Petit Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black cherries and spice. Light tannins. Deep and complex. On the palate, black cherries, cherries and some spice. Nice balance. Nice finish. This seems to be about at peak and should drink well for another five to eight years. A nice match with Lamb Stew.
This could have been a beautiful wine but unfortunately has TCA. Not a lot, but enough to ruin the experience.
2012 L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Ferguson Vineyard Walla Walla Valley, USA, Washington, Wine Review
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Purple in color with slight ruby swirls. The nose is interesting with clay, black cherries and cassis. Full bodied. On the palate, this is slightly sweet with cassis and cedar. Nice finish. Drinking well now. Drink over the next five to eight years. A nice match with roasted duck.
This is from fruit from the Champoux Vineyard. Ruby/purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. Cassis, graphite, slight burnt rubber and a hint of volatile acidity on the nose. Full bodied. Nice texture. On the palate, cassis with some cedar. Deep and complex. Medium tannins. Long finish. This is showing well and pretty close to peak. No hurry though. Drink over the next ten to twelve years. Better with food. This would work well with Beef Wellington.
1995 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Dedication Series #15, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review
Nice trying this wine at age 27. While past prime, this still has something to offer. Purple/ruby in color, flat and mostly opaque. The nose has sandalwood, cherries and dried cherries. Medium bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, tasting a bit tired with dried cherries, but also some fresh cherries. Moderate finish. Certainly enjoyable but drink up. Nice with chili or a stew.
2014 Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Baby Poux Vineyard, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review
The names stems from the original release of this wine back in the mid-90's. The vines used were from one of the younger blocks in the famous Champoux vineyard. Now the vines are over twenty years old and this wine is from the best barrels of the wine. An excellent value in Washington state Cabernet. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose has black cherries, spice, and slight cedar. Full bodied. On the palate, black cherries, spice and slight graphite note. Good balance. Nice depth. Medium tannins. Nice finish. This is drinking well now and should continue to drink well for a
This is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Ruby in color, clear and bright. The nose is dusty with cherries, and cedar. Full bodied. Medium tannins. On the palate, this has nice depth. Black cherry fruit with slight spice. Good finish. Drinking well now and should drink well for another eight to twelve years. Nice on its own, this will work nicely with lamb chops.
Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is big with blueberries, cassis, char and slight spice. Deep Full bodied. Complex. On the palate cassis, slight blueberries, coffee and char. Medium tannins. Good balance. Nice finish. This is drinking well on its own and should continue for another twelve to fifteen years. Nice on its own, this will work nice with grilled meats and veggies.
2016 Hors Catégorie Vineyards Syrah Hors Catégorie Vineyard, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review
Another stunning Syrah from this winery! Syrahs from Washington are unique. They really show the terroir. Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, burnt rubber, black olives, smoked meats and spice. Full bodied. Light tannins. Great balance. On the palate, black raspberries, crushed rocks, and black pepper. Long finish. Delicious. This has a certain elegance in it not often found in new world Syrah. No harm opening now, but it should continue to mature and maybe even get better. Great on its own, this would work really well wit