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    89 points2013 VintageWine SpectatorDecember 31, 2015
    89 Points2013 VintageWine EnthusiastSean SullivanNovember 1, 2015
    91 Points2012 VintageWine EnthusiastSean SullivanMarch 1, 2015
    89 Points, Best Buy, Top 10 Red Blend2010 VintageSnooth.comGregory Dal PazJanuary 9, 2013

    Sweet and brambly on the nose with scents of wild blackberries, fresh herbs, twizzlers and some spiced cranberry jelly. Focused, taut and vibrant in the mouth, this has lovely freshening acidity and pliant tannins that support rich, fresh and lively red currant and slightly jammy strawberry fruit in the mouth. The fruit shows good transparency, picking up herbal nuances, chocolate, and soft red cherry fruit on the back end before returning a rather vivid red currant-and-herb-laced finish that reveals a finely judged underlay of raw oak on the long, succulent finish. Dry, fresh, delicious and an excellent value. 89pts Read more: http://www.snooth.com/articles/top-10-red-blends-under-dollar-20/?viewall=1#ixzz2HV7coP9b


    90 Points2010 VintageWine SpectatorHarvey SteimanNovember 30, 2012

    This smooth and velvety red offers a polished feel to its talcum powder- accented black cherry, black olive and mineral flavors, finishing with finesse. -HS


    90 Points, Best Buy2007 VintageWine EnthusiastPaul GreguttSeptember 1, 2011
    Wine Pick of the Week2007 VintageThe Seattle TimesPaul GreguttJune 26, 2011

    A great vintage [and] a snazzy package - this wine has it all. It's a cabernet-dominated blend of grapes from top Washington vineyards. Supple, lightly toasted, layered wtih wild berry and chocolaty earth falvors, this is a special-occasion wine at an affordable price. - Paul Gregutt, The Seattle Times


    Gold Medal2006 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionJanuary 9, 2009
    88 Points2005 VintageWine AdvocateJay Miller July 30, 2008
    Silver Medal2005 VintageDallas Morning News Wine CompetitionMarch 1, 2008
    Silver Medal2005 VintageSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionJanuary 8, 2008
    Excellent 2004 VintageWine Press NorthwestApril 30, 2007
    Top 100 Wines of 20062004 VintageSan Francisco ChronicleDecember 31, 2006

    tasting notes

    Sweet black cherry and toasted oak aromatics introduce flavors of Santa Rosa plum, clove and raspberry. Flawlessly balanced, a long finish chocolate cake and berry jam rounds out the palate. This umami-evoking wine will pair well with nearly any food, but it also makes the perfect standalone, pre-dinner sipper.

    winemaking notes

    • Vintage: 2014
    • Varietal Blend: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot, 14% Syrah, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
    • Appellation: Columbia Valley
    • Vineyards: Alder Ridge Vineyard, Canyon Ranch Vineyard, and Willard Vineyard
    • Oak: 23% New AO, balance 2-5 year old mixed oak
    • Fining: None
    • Aging: 14 months
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Yeast: Andante, Pasteur Red
    • pH: 3.94
    • TA: 5.3 g/L
    • Alcohol: 13.9%
    • Harvest Date: September-November 2014