This is a blend of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% Malbec, and 12% Cabernet Franc. Medium deep purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is dusty with cassis, cherries, spice, slight tobacco and slight milk chocolate. Medium bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, cassis with some black cherries with underlying spice and slight char. This drinks nicely on its own but will work better with food. Lamb stew would be a nice choice. Drink over the next five to seven years.
In a recent tasting of Washington wines, this was the groups Wine Of The Night. Pretty impressive for a wine that was purchased for $20. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has cedar, plums, cassis and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied. Medium tannins. Some depth and complexity. Juicy acidity. On the palate, lots of cassis, some black cherries and a bit of char and ash. Tasty. This is drinking well now and is the kind of wine that would be popular at a party. It drinks well on its own and would be a nice choice with burgers, ribs
A blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Verdot. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with cassis and baking spice. With air some coffee notes emerge. On the palate, this is ripe and sweet cassis fruit. Seems like a touch of residual sugar. Also some spices. Nice finish. It drinks well on its own but might be harder to match food. A nice wine to sip on its own by the fire this winter. Drink over the next five to seven years.
Tasted as an additional wine in a Georgian Wine tasting, this is made from the Saperavi grape which is the primary red grape of Georgia. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black cherries, some black raspberries, and gravel. Medium bodied. Strong acidity. On the palate, the cherries and black cherries come thru. It is a bit softer and more supple than the Georgian Saperavi's tasted alongside. Light but persistent tannins. Nice finish. Drink over the next five to seven years. This will work better with food but is nice on its own. It would work nicely wi
This is drinking well and at maturity (although no hurry). Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has black cherries, iron, slight tobacco and slight iodine. Medium to full bodied. Light tannins. On the palate, this has black cherry fruit with underlying tobacco and a bit of that iron note. Good acidity. Nice finish. Drink over the next five to seven years. This will work better with food. Roasted chicken or vegetables would work well.
Deep rub y in color, clear and bright. The nose has nice cherry fruit with some baking spices. With air, black cherry fruit emerges. Full bodied (especially for a Pinot Noir). On the palate, cherries and black cherries. Some depth. It keeps opening with more and more air. Light tannins. This is accessible now but should continue to mature and evolve for the next fifteen years. It just depends on how you like your Pinot Noir. Great on its own, this would work great with roasted duck or chicken (or turkey). A really nice value in Pinot Noir.
It had been a while since last trying a Gruet wine, so this was a nice opportunity. Originally founded by a Frenchman with ancestral ties to Champagne in New Mexico, this winery has been making lovely sparkling wines for decades now. This one is also lovely. Silvery gold in color with lot of smaller bubbles. Toasty with lemons. Clean. Crisp. On the palate, this is tasty with some complexity. Slight apples, more lemon and toast. Nice toasty finish. A great value in sparkling wines. Very food friendly. Try it with popcorn.
Not a great vintage for Oregon Pinot Noir, Thomas handled the vintage deftly. This one is in a nice spot right now. Getting close to peak but still some youthfulness. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has cherries, slight sour cherries, slight nutmeg, and a hint of earthiness. Medium to full bodied. Lovely sinewy texture. On the palate, nice cherry and sour cherry fruit with underlying spice. Good backbone of acidity. Plenty of depth and complexity. Long finish. No hurry on this, it should go another ten years based on this bottle. It doesn't seem like it wil
This is showing some age, but for my tastes was very nice. The cork crumbled trying to remove it. The wine came out quite funky but after about 15 minutes started drinking well and by the end of the evening was in top form. Ruby in color, mostly clear and bright with a purple core. Once the bottle funk blew off, there was some cherry notes, fresh and dried, along with merde/barnyard and a slight minty note. This is mature and the tannins are all just about resolved. The palate had cherries, black cherries with a nice complexity. Served blind to friends, some found it old and others t
This is interesting. My understanding is that is mostly a tasting room only wine although there is some limited distribution. Its unclear if this is 100% Petit Verdot, a grape mostly utilized for blending purposes. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is nice with black raspberries, vanilla and slight baking spices. Also a bit of a "Bourbon" note on the end. Full bodied. On the palate, lots of boysenberry fruit with firm tannins. Some slight spice and vanilla. Moderate finish. One of those wines that is perhaps more interesting than great but worth checking out and en