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
Glass "cork" is very cool. Purple in color. This is a pretty classic Washington Cabernet. The nose has cassis, black cherries, tobacco and slight bell pepper. On the palate, this is in a good place if still a bit young. Cassis layered with tobacco and earth. Some tannins. Slightly bitter in a good way. Nice finish. This works well with food. Probably will continue to mature and layer, but not really get better, just different. Very nice wine right now.
This is one of the best values in Washington State high end Cabs. Block One refers to the first block planted of the Champoux Vineyard, one of Washington's best. It retails for around $65. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is concentrated with dark cherries, cedar, cassis, slight tobacco, slight hint of poblano pepper. Also just a slight touch of volatile acidity. On the palate, this is young. Not as bold as one might think but plenty of cherry and black cherry fruit. Tightly packed and quite concentrated. It unwinds in the glass with layers of fruit and tobacco and spice.
This is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and a little Syrah from three different vineyards in the Red Mountain AVA or Washington state. At 12 years from vintage it seems to be in a great spot although it should have at least 5 more years before starting to slowly go downhill. Purple in color. The nose is nice with cherries, coffee, leather, slight chocolate, cassis and tobacco. On the palate, this is still fresh with lot of fruit; cherries and black raspberries. Layers of fruit, damp earth and tobacco. Nice finish. This is not a big wine, but not shy either. Wo
Light golden in color. The nose has a fair amount of oak on it. A bit fleshy with vanilla and slight lemons. The oak became more pronounced with air. On the palate, the oak continues and at times it is searing and bitter. There is also vanilla and lemons. It does have a very nice texture. I drank in a crowd and many liked this and even enjoyed the oak profile which is fine. This may be a divisive wine based on that but seems to be otherwise a consistent wine. It was being closed out for $8 which is hard to beat!
This is always a great value in wine. Its basically, the ends of the myriad of bottlings that are produced here all blended into one wine. It costs under $25 and every vintage, though a bit different is tasty. It also lasts for at least five years probably at least ten. This one is purple in color. The nose has dark cherries, some chocolate, sour cherries and spice. On the palate, this has a nice complexity. Slight depth. Slight tannins. Juicy acidity. Works well with food or on its own. Long finish. A crowd pleaser every time.
Over the last few vintages, this has become one of my favorite inexpensive go to whites. It is tasty, unique and affordable. At $20, direct from the winery if you can't find it locally, this is a really interesting version of Gruner. Light silver/green/gold in color. The nose has canned peaches, limes and minerals. On the palate, this is much fatter than the Austrian versions and more fruit. Canned peaches and minerals come thru. A tart citrus as well. Good acidity. Food friendly. Nice finish. I would drink these in the first few years. It might last longer but that verve won't
This has improved a bit over the past few years. It still needs time though. Purple/ruby in color. The nose has cassis and still a fair amount of oak showing as fresh cut lumber and spice. On the palate, this has a nice mouthfeel. Good depth. Cassis, with a slight earthiness. Nice finish. Easy to drink on its own, a crowd pleaser. Hold a bit and there is some upside.