Purple/ruby in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper and a burnt rubber note that is present (in a good way) in many Washington Syrahs. On the palate, there is nice boysenberry fruit. Layered but tight with fruit and crushed rocks. There is an almost seamless texture to this wine that is really nice. It will work with a wide variety of food and has a nice backbone of acidity to assist. Good finish. This competes with wines at twice the price. Good now, it probably won't improve but should remain here for at least five and probably ten more years.
Purple/ruby in color. The nose has black cherries and a slight burn rubber note. On the palate, light tannins. Thinner in texture and body. Black raspberry fruit. Some spice. Easy drinking. This retail for under $20 and is a very nice value. Should be good for a few years.
This was very good, but given the price (around $100), quite disappointing. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is earthy with some funk and meaty tones. Also some black raspberries. On the palate, this has a sour cherry note. It is not to dissimilar for red cherry soda with a bit or sweetness to match the sour fruit. Medium bodied. An almost aquarium note, so perhaps this was poorly stored during shipment (the storage on the receiving end was fine). In any event, it was good with a northern Rhone, cooler climate quality to it with sour cherry fruit. Would work with food.
Ruby/purple in color. The nose is nice with coffee, black raspberries and black olives. Very much a Washington meets the Northern Rhone nose. On the palate, this is tannic. Black cherry fruit. Tight layers of fruit and earth. Good acidity. Long finish. This continued to improve in the glass all night. Still very tight and young, there is certainly plenty of upside potential left. It will be interesting to see where this is in five years as it approaches peak.
In a tasting, two bottles were tasted side by side. They showed differently. Was it because the wines were in a different place in the line-up or the bottles came from different stores and had been treated differently? Hard to say, but tasted in a group, we had different reactions. There is an inherent bias that blind tasting removes prejudices and it probably does, but it also introduces its own set of biases that can not be discounted. Bottle #1 was the first glass tasted while bottle #2 was the 9th.
Light yellow in color. The nose has vanilla, clay, lemons and minerals. Nice. On the palate, this is full bodied. Slightly oily. Has a nice tart lemony quality. Seems like it has a nice food friendliness. Fruit forward but not tropical. Unique for a SB profile. Has some level of maturity but still a nice verve to it. Drink in the next few years.
The name for this wine comes from the fact that way back in the day, these were the youngest vines in the Champoux Vineyard. They may still hold that distinction, but these wines are getting close to thirty years old now. This wine is a great example of Washington Cabernet. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose has cassis, cherries, slight spice and some leather. On the palate, this seems to be getting close but not yet at peak. Layers of cherries, cassis and dry earth. Mild tannins. Nice finish. This will go well with heartier foods. It may still have some upside and certain
Inky purple in color. The nose has black raspberries, black pepper and violets. On the palate, this is almost seamless. Black raspberry fruit, some black pepper. Great juicy but lush texture. Complex. Long finish. Needs big or spicy foods but there is enough acidity to handle them. This is delicious and so easy to drink now, but should continue to mature for another 5 to 7 years and be good for at least a decade after that.
Deep ruby in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is dusty with black raspberries. Good acidity. On the palate there is nice boysenberry fruit. Lots of fruit with an underlying char. Good finish. This is young and tight. It comes across as more of a cooler climate Syrah. It probably needs another five years to really strut its stuff and be good for a decade after that. Lots of potential for upside here though it is excellent right now.
When you own a wine cellar, every so often you lose a bottle only to rediscover it a few years later. Sometimes it is over the hill by then, but you never know. This one was one of those. Abondante is a blend of leftovers at Sineann. It is a great value and usually, they are consumed in a year or two. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is leather with good dark cherry fruit. A bit of spice. On the palate, this is tart red berries. Cherries mostly but something a bit deeper. Slight tannins. Good finish. There is some complexity there but not a ton. Very food friendly. T