2016 Five Star Cellars Stellar, USA, Washington, Walla Walla, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$62.00USD

First time trying this winery.  This is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc from Washington.  Inky purple in color, slight ruby swirls, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, spice, and slight char.  Medium to full bodied.  Light tannins.  On the palate, this is not super ripe.  Black cherries with a mint/herbal note that is nice.  Nice finish.  This is nice on its own, but better with food.  This would be a nice wine with a grilled Portabella sandwich.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  

2015 Infinite Monkey Theorem The Hundredth Monkey, USA, Colorado, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

This is a blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Tempranillo, and 29% Syrah from a woman's owned winery in Denver Colorado utilizing purchased grapes.  Truly a unique wine.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has cherries, slight herbal notes with a bit of black raspberries.  Medium bodied.  Very light tannins.  On the palate, nice black cherry fruit.  Simple, easy drinking.  Drink now.  A nice wine with pizza.  

2008 Hamacher Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, USA, Oregon, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2008
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A

A lot of people will tell you that Oregon Pinot's do not age well.  Nonsense.  At age 14, this is still young and vibrant.  Ruby in color, clear and bright.  The nose has a bit of VA which mostly blows off leaving fresh cherries, slight cranberries, and slight woody notes.  Full bodied.  On the palate, bright black cherries, cherries and slight spice.  Tight complexity.  Long finish.  This should continue to mature and drink well for another ten to fifteen years.  Excellent on its own, this would work better with food.  Roasted chicken is a nice choice.  

2019 Sineann Cabernet Franc Phinny Hill Vineyard, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$30.00USD

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.  

2012 L'Ecole No. 41 Perigee Estate Seven Hills Vineyard, USA, Washington, Seven Hills, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$45.00USD

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. 

2012 L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Ferguson Vineyard Walla Walla Valley, USA, Washington, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

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.  

2014 Sineann Cabernet Sauvignon Block One, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$72.00USD

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

Vintage: 
1995
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

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

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

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

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