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Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2015

Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay 2015

Crafted with native yeast, 20% of which goes through malolactic fermentation, the 2015 Charles Smith Eve Chardonnay is uniform and varietally correct on the nose and palate with attractive aromas of bosc pear, yellow apple, and banana cream pudding. Crisp and bright on the palate, the acidity is slightly softened by six months of aging on fine lees. While not an overly-complex wine, it's not weighted down and is a nice value for those looking for a compromise between oak and stainless. 13.0% ABV | Sample Charles Smith Wines 87 Points...

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2016

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2016

A household staple in the Pacific Northwest, Kung Fu Girl Riesling is crafted from sustainably farmed grapes grown in Washington State’s newest AVA, Ancient Lakes. On opening, vivid aromas of white peach, pear, lemongrass, and lemon drop lead into a wine with peppy acidity that adds lift to a white-fruited core. There's nice length on the finish as well, a burst of pleasant white grapefruit and lemon pith bitterness. Pair it with Thai cuisine. 1.4% RS, 12.0% ABV | Sample Charles Smith Wines 9.0 Points    ...

Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah 2015

Charles Smith Boom Boom! Syrah 2015

Iconic Washington State, Boom Boom Syrah has been a go-to-brand for Pacific Northwesterners for over a decade (or at least for as long as I've been drinking wine). The 2015 incorporates a touch of Viognier and Grenache (less than 3% combined) and is infused with blueberry pie, blackberry cobbler, earth, Dutch cocoa powder, and a touch of funk that blew off after a minute. Mouth-filling black fruit is well-balanced by tannins and well balanced acidity. 13.5% ABV, despite the warm vintage. sample Charles Smith Wines 89 Points...

Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Iconic? Yes. A great value? You bet. Charles Smith's nod to the Old World, Chateau Smith Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is abundant with fruit: blueberry pie, ripe black cherries and plums orbit lighter notes of vanilla and violets 'round the bowl of the glass. On the palate, it's textbook Washington Cabernet, abundantly laden in mouth-filling fruit, lightly trussed in ripe tannins. Go ahead, pour yourself a second glass. 13.5% ABV | Sample Charles Smith Wines 8.9 Points ...

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  ...