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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator
Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Boutique Wines
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Item no. 111511
2008 gave us classically Northwest styled wines of complexity and balance. We continue to base the blend on the 1998 Cabernet block, which is fan-trained, a relatively rare system. Merlot lends its usual lush fruit roundness to the blend, with Petit Verdot adding strength in strucuture and color, with coffee-bean and blackberry tones. Cabernet franc lifts the aromatics and makes for a more vibrant palate. The wine opens with dust in the nose, then blackfruits, and nuances of coffee and tobacco leaf. Generous ripe fruit, with a warming brightness are laid over solid tannins by mouth. The finish is lengthy with a pleasant dryness. I'd suggest this wine with heavier dishes of some complexity. In the cellar, the wine should age well for 8 to 10 years.
Polished, supple and expressive, offering a deftly balanced but rich mouthful of cherry, plum, paprika and white pepper flavors that flow seamlessly through the long, vivid finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2012 through 2020.