“Lithe and expressive, with blackberry, licorice and black olive flavors on a sleek frame, persisting as the soft tannins wrap around the finish.”
“The cinnamon-accented red berry flavors play against meaty notes in this taut, juicy red, with a lingering finish. Has presence and persistence.” -Harvey Steiman
A delicious wine showing purity of ripe
fruit on the nose and good weight on the palate. A dark
chocolate note adds to the complexity.
Supple, vibrant and distinctive for the white pepper and mascarpone notes weaving through the refreshing plum and currant fruit. Lingers impressively with gentle intensity. Drink now through 2015. 4,800 cases made.-H.S.
"Ripe, pure, focused and beguiling for its balance, offering blueberry, raspberry and plum fruit at the core, layered wtih hints of red pepper, clove and peach fuzz as the finish extends extraordinarily well." - Harvey Steiman,Â Wine Spectator
"It's beautifully balanced and should only get better." - Wine Press Northwest, Spring 2010
"Polished in texture, this is balanced well to show expressive currant, blueberry and coffee flavors, lingering beautifully." - Harvey Steiman, July 30, 2009 In his Washington report, Steiman also writes, "WHEN IT COMES TO FINE RED WINES AT FAIR PRICES, WASHINGTON EXCELS. It's Cabernet Sauvignons are rich in pure fruit flavors and Merlot remains a sold performer. Best of all in these turbulent times, you can explore terrific versions of all these varieties for $30 a bottle or less." Â
Smooth and ripe with sweet raspberry and plum; juicy, tangy and balanced; elegant and lush with a long, mellow finish.
Sweet and oaky aromatics with vanilla and burnt sugar fill the nose. A silky and weighted body features tanned leather and ripe but not overly sweet flavors of red plum, cherry and anise. The lingering finish showcases round tannins, toasty oak, allspice and boysenberry.
- Vintage: 2014
- Varietal Blend: 100% Merlot
- Appellation: Columbia Valley
- Alcohol: 13.89%
- TA: 5.6 g/L
- pH: 3.68
- RS: 0.63 g/L
- ML: 100%
- Fining: None
- Vineyards: Mirage and Blackrock
- Oak: 28% New AO, 5% new FO, balance to 2nd-5th use oak
- Harvest Date: September 18-22, 2014
- Bottle Date: June 15-16, 2016