This is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Syrah from Cayuse Vineyard in Washington. At eleven years from vintage it is rolling along just fine. Pop and pour and it was drinking quite well. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. The nose is nice with black raspberries, black cherries, slight burnt rubber/iron and a bit of a slight green herbal note (tarragon?). On the palate, this has a lovely texture. Juicy, black raspberries, black cherries with slight char underneath. Good finish. Worked well with roasted mushrooms. Should have another decade left if well stored but I doubt it
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Purple in color. The nose has cassis, black raspberries, and sandal wood. Also an herbal note that was hard to describe. A fellow taster said green olives and that is not too far off. On the palate, the Syrah seem to dominate although this is an 80/20 blend of Cabernet and Syrah. Black raspberries, an underlying char and some black olive notes. A very nice texture although a bit soft. The finish is a bit bitter black raspberry but not in a bad way. Overall, an excellent wine. It improved with air and more Cab notes seem to come out. It will be interesting to see how this ages.
This was quite good. Not as big or expressive as expected. In fact, it drinks very Northern Rhone-ish. Purple in color. On the nose there is black raspberries, slight bacon fat, slight violets and underlying minerality. Nice texture. Layers unwind in the glass. Though still tight, there is a nice complexity with black raspberry fruit and crushed dusty rocks. Nice acidity as well. Should continue to improve for a while and be good for a couple of decades after that.
This was very good, but given the price (around $100), quite disappointing. Purple/ruby in color. The nose is earthy with some funk and meaty tones. Also some black raspberries. On the palate, this has a sour cherry note. It is not to dissimilar for red cherry soda with a bit or sweetness to match the sour fruit. Medium bodied. An almost aquarium note, so perhaps this was poorly stored during shipment (the storage on the receiving end was fine). In any event, it was good with a northern Rhone, cooler climate quality to it with sour cherry fruit. Would work with food.
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.