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Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

It begins with a pulse. Blackberries. Like Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, softly, softly roasted black cherries and blackcurrants emerge, followed by lilting notes of graphite, sandalwood, forest and pain grille. On the palate, rippling layers of opulent dark fruit that glide across a textural landscape of well-integrated, supple tannins. The 2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet the very definition of elegance, certainly the benchmark for what Washington State can achieve. 14.9% ABV Quilceda Creek Vintners 9.8 Points ...

Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 & 2014

Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

2014 marked Col Solare's 20th vintage, giving the winery ample reason to celebrate the enduring partnership between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Marchesi Antinori. A warmer, riper vintage than 2013, this memorable Red Mountain Cabernet is all about power and sinewy concentration, with black cherry, cassis, blackcurrant, dark chocolate shavings and espresso rippling across this wine's baritone expanse. This is a broad-shouldered, serious wine that will offer another decade of drinking pleasure. Col Solare 9.4 Points...

Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 & 2014

Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

An auspicious collaboration between Chateau Ste. Michelle and Marchesi Antinori, Col Solare is one of the preeminent wineries in Washington State's Red Mountain AVA. The 2013 Cabernet is elegantly robed in layers of black cherry and blackcurrant, crushed lavender, violets, sweet tobacco, and pencil shavings. It's sumptuous yet precise, offering acidic lift and polished, supple tannins. Nuanced minerality glints from behind a black-fruited core. 14.7% ABV | Sample Col Solare 9.3 Points ...

Château Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

It's an odd thing to taste Pacific Northwest wines halfway around the world at a wine show in Romania—but then, life is full of interesting surprises and it was even more fun to see how our domestic wines are received in Europe. Château Ste. Michelle is one of Washington's State's founding wineries, it's also the largest topping out at over 1M cases. Their 2014 Cabernet is loaded with black fruit, wood spices, a sprinkling of brown sugar. An excellent, juicy wine well-suited for a weeknight supper. Chateau Ste. Michelle 8.8 Points  ...

Spring Valley Vineyard Katherine Corkrum Cabernet Franc 2013

Spring Valley Vineyard Katherine Corkrum Cabernet Franc 2013

The 2013 Spring Valley Vineyard Katherine Corkrum offers more complexity than I tend to find in Washington State Cabernet Franc. It's a wellspring of mulberries and pie cherries neatly hemmed in by dried orange peel, baking spices and subtle, dusty earthiness. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, with velvety tannins and delightfully spice and white-pepper-laden finish that contributes to this wine's genial profile. 14.3% ABV | Sample Spring Valley Vineyard 9.2 Points  ...

Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick 2013

Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick 2013

A Bordeaux-style blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, the 2013 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederic offers sumptuous fruit on the nose and palate. Twenty months in new French oak has further graced it with a balanced, well-integrated toast profile of vanilla and pencil shavings lending structure to a core of juicy, blackberry and black cherry, and plum. Nice persistence on the finish that unspools to reveal bay leaf and green peppercorn. 14.4% ABV | Sample Spring Valley Vineyard 9.1 Points  ...

Spring Valley Vineyard Nina Lee 2012

Spring Valley Vineyard Nina Lee 2012

Co-fermented with 1% Viognier, Spring Valley Vineyard's 2012 Nina Lee Syrah opens with a lilting topnote of dried violet that floats above weightier aromas of blackberry cobbler and black cherry. The wine's namesake, a nod to the family's enduring history in Walla Walla, Nina Lee was the wife of Frederick Corkrum. After meeting following her vaudeville performance at a local theater, they married in 1929. It's a full and supple wine, nicely balanced with velvety tannins and a winsome dash of pink peppercorn on the finish. Sample Spring Valley Vineyard 9.0 Points...

Spring Valley Vineyard Sharilee Petit Verdot 2012

Spring Valley Vineyard Sharilee Petit Verdot 2012

Aged 19 months in 100% neutral oak, the 2012 Spring Valley Vineyard Sharilee Petit Verdot is within it's drinking window, the nose a confluence of fleshy plum and ripe blackberries underscored by spice and a subtle top note of wild fennel. On the palate, the structure is particularly lovely—velvety tannins frame out a plush, black-fruited core. The acid balance is noteworthy too, it crescendos gracefully and subsides to a bay leaf and cedar finish. 14.8% ABV | Sample Spring Valley Vineyard 9.1 Points...

Waters Loess Vineyard Syrah 2012

Waters Loess Vineyard Syrah 2012

Co-fermented with 4% Viognier, Waters 2012 Loess Syrah is crafted from fruit sourced from Leonetti Cellars estate vineyard. Earth, Italian plum, and blackberry reduction weave through seductive notes of brûléed turbinado sugar, earth, and charcuterie. It's a sumptuous, well structured wine, framed in moderate toast with enough acidic lift to maintain balance. A meandering, lengthy finish completes this stunning portrait of Walla Walla Valley Syrah. Sample Waters Winery 9.3 Points...

Figgins Walla Walla Valley Estate Red 2011

Figgins Walla Walla Valley Estate Red 2011

While the exquisite 2010 Figgins Estate Red merited points well above 95, and the 2012 showed off its pedigree and sumptuous velvety elegance, the 2011 vintage is a good effort in one of the more difficult recent vintages in Walla Walla Valley. As expected, the profile is lighter and leaner on the nose and palate. Black cherries, black currants, graphite and a swirling topnote of incense and baking spice. In the mouth, it's medium bodied and ruby-hued, with ultra-fine tannins steeped in black tea and bay leaf. Figgins Wine 9.1 Points...