2015 Charles Smith Merlot The Velvet Devil

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Purple in color.  The nose is ok with cherries and dust.  On the palate, this is easy drinking.  Cherries with some underling spice.  Nice texture.  Nothing wrong but nothing exciting either except the price.  This is around $15 which is a nice price for a party.  

2015 Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is their basic Cabernet from a winery that makes both Washington and Oregon wines.  Purple in color.  The nose has cassis, sandalwood and fresh cut lumber.  On the palate, this has medium tannins.  There is a fair amount of oak, but also plenty of cassis fruit.  Easy drinking.  Good finish.  For a $30 Cab, this is a nice value.  Some depth.  Needs a couple of years and drink over the next five to seven after that.  

2012 Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon Block One, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

Purple in color, ruby t the rim.  The nose has cassis and bell pepper.  Also some baking spice.  The bell pepper is distracting but eventually mostly blows off which is fine.  On the palate, this is better.  Cassis with some underlying oak/spice.  Some depth and complexity.  Seems tight and a bit shut down at this point, so give it plenty of air if opening.  This will work with medium and heavier foods nicely.  Certainly has potential for improvement.  

2012 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose is nice with dusty black cherries.  A bit of an herbal streak On the palate, this has tart cherry fruit with underlying char and spice.  Nice depth.  A bit of heat on the finish.  This seems to be made in a bit riper style though it should continue to settle down as it matures.  It should be good for a couple of decades after that.  

2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard, USA, Washington, Red Mountain, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$110.00USD

One of the stars of Washington wines.  Purple, ruby at the rim.  The nose is really interesting.  It had a spiciness which seems quite unique.  Also some black cherries, kirsch, and toast.  On the palate, this is still tannic.  Plenty of black cherry fruit though, so this should continue to develop.  Medium bodied.  Plenty of ripeness here but not over the top.  Some heat on the finish.  It drinks well now, but seems like further improvement is likely.  Needs bigger foods to pair with.  

2014 Treasure Hunter Cabernet Sauvignon Full Quiver, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Treasure Hunter wines have made a nice name for themselves buying excess juice that was not wanted and repackaging it and selling it at a lower price.  Some offerings are, of course, better than others.  This one is quite good.  It retails for around $20 which is an excellent value for a quality Washington sate Cabernet.  Purple in color.  The nose has nice cassis with leather and some cedar spice.  On the palate, this has nice Cassis fruit.  Some underlying spice.  Medium tannins.  Good finish.  Will work with heartier foods.  Very solid and actually, better than just solid.  

2015 K Vintners Syrah The Hidden Northridge Vineyard, USA, Washington, Wahluke Slope, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

This is quite good but needs a bit of cellar time to hit its potential.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has black raspberries, roasted meats, leather and slight white pepper.  It seems tight and tannic on the palate.  With air it has pretty sweet black raspberry fruit with some charred meat and an underlying mineral streak.  Good finish.  This has plenty of upside but if drinking before 2020, give it a nice decant.  

2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A

This is 97% Syrah with 3% viognier cofermented from the Powerline Vineyard.  This drinks in the style of the Northern Rhone but with a new world flair that works.  It should improve with a few years of cellaring.  Ruby in color, purple at the core.  The nose has black raspberries, black olives and a nice minerality lurking in the backround.  On the palate, this is softer in texture.  Nice black raspberry fruit, slight black pepper and underlying char.  Slight tannins that come out more with air.  Good finish.  This needs heartier foods but has the acidity to work well them.  

2015 K Vintners Cabernet Syrah Powerline Vineyard, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
97
Grade: 
A+

Stunning bottle of wine.  100% Syrah.  Ruby/purple in color.  The nose has black raspberries, slight black pepper, a nice earthy note.  With air, some black olives emerge along with a nice mineral backbone.  On the palate, this has a great texture.  Black raspberries, black licorice, and underlying char and minerals.  Medium tannins.  Long finish.  This is intense, and concentrated and will need a few years to really open up but it is drinking great today.  It needs hearty or spiced foods.  Fantastic with upside.  

2015 K Vintners The Boy, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Wine is subjective and this wine got some huge reviews from major critics.  I can't get quite that far.  This is a good wine though.  100% Grenache from Powerline Vineyard.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose is cherry cough syrup but in a good way.  Not over the top.  Also some smoke and a bit of leather.  On the palate, the cherry cough syrup predominates.  That is to say, thick, slightly sweet, with alcohol.  There is some underlying char.  Warm on the finish.  One glass goes a long way and this would work by the fire on a cold night.  It might be a difficult food match.  YMMV.  

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