Classis Washington Syrah. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black olives, slight burnt rubber and char. Full bodied. On the palate, this is a big wine, but not over ripe. Lots of black raspberry fruit with char underneath. Good acidity. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own, but works a bit better with food. It should continue to mature for the next three to five years and be good for ten after that. It would be a nice match with Indian food.
This has really opened nicely since I last tried it. Still young, but delicious. Perhaps the best wine from Washington that I have had. Inky purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, boysenberries, black cherries, black olives and tarragon. No burnt rubber that sometimes shows up in Washington Syrah. Full bodied. On the palate, the black and purple fruits dominate. Black pepper. Slight black olive with underlying minerals/rocks. Wonderful lush but fluid texture. Long finish. Delicious. This is still maturing and should be great drinking for t
Another top wine from Cayuse. Purple in color, opaque and bright. The nose has black raspberries, black cherries, burnt rubber (in a good way), black olives and iron. What a great texture. Juicy and velvety. On the palate, the black raspberry dominates with some underlying minerality and a hint of funk/musk. Long finish. This is still young but chugging along. It may still improve a bit over the next few years and then be good for another 15 after that.
2008 Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Baby Poux Vineyard, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review
Wow. What a showing. The grapes for this come from a "young" block in the Champoux vineyard. Of course, they were not really that young in 2008. And the best few barrels of this were bottles separately as a "Reserve". This may be the best Washington Cabernet I have had. Period. OK, let's get this part out of the way. I know the producer - Peter Rosback. We have been friends for over 40 years since our college days, but I don't believe that influenced this review. I literally had to go back and check the bottle after taking a few sip. Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black c
This is a great take on Gruner. Very different from the Austrian versions but every bit as good. Pale silvery green/gold in color. The nose has apples, slight lemon peel and slight white pepper. On the palate, this has just a hint of sweetness to it. Nicely balanced with acidity but there is still some green apple fruit. Nice finish. This drinks well on its own especially outside on a hot day. It works nicely with lighter foods. It probably should be consumed in the next three to five years.
This is really drinking in a great place right now. Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright. The nose has sour cherries, slight spice, slight cherries and just a bit of earthiness. On the palate, this is juicy with a smooth texture. Layers of sour cherries and cherries with a bit of earthiness. Long finish. This is probably at peak but should easily be at this level for another five to seven years before slowly going downhill. A great match with roasted fowl but drinks well on its own too.
Always one of my favorite Zin's, in part for its uniqueness, it was wonderful concentration. Made from vines that getting close to 100 years old. This vineyard had been abandoned and then resurrected in the 1980's. Style wise it is middle of the road for Zin. Deep ruby in color. The nose has cherries, black cherries, baking spices and just a bit of char. On the palate, this is full bodied. At 14.8% Alc, this is not super high for a Zin. Lots of cherry and some charred cherry fruit. Very concentrated. Lighter tannins. Nice finish. This drinks well young but does age nice with goo
One of my favorite Washington Syrahs, the 2016 is right up there. These are big Syrahs, especially for Washington, but they will come down with age. inky purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. The nose is great with black raspberries, black pepper and a slight floral (violets?) note. Full bodied. Wonderful, juicy texture. Tons of black raspberry fruit on the palate with an underlying roasted herb note.
This is a late harvest syled dessert wine from Arizona. Light golden in color. There is a lot of volatile acidity on the nose, but with air, some/most of it blows off. There is some honey and white raisins on the nose. On the palate this is viscous. Slightly sweet though not cloying. It lacks some much needed acidity. The honey comes thru to the palate, along with slight peach. Shorter finish. It worked with a not too sweet carrot cake. It should last for five to ten more years although the VA is a bit worrying.
This is the inaugural vintage for this wine. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The dosage (added sugar) was 4g/l which is very low. Light silvery golden in color with a fine line of tiny bubbles. The nose is expressive. Very clean with pears, slight lanolin, lemon curd and yeast with underlying slight nuttiness and a hint of smoke. On the palate, this has a nice crispness. Light strawberries with more profound lemon cream along with a slight nuttiness. There is some orange rind on the finish. Clean and deep, it is tight in the glass. No guess as to how it ages balancin