Shroud Mountain

Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc - Merlot Blend

I often struggle with the wines from Washington State. Too often, I find them to come across as big, over the top fruit bombs with many unsuitable for long-term aging. However, there are some exceptions and the wines of Andrew Will are one of those exceptions. This Ciel du Cheval bottling has been cellared away since release and happens to be the last in an original purchase of 6. Ciel du Cheval was originally planted in 1975 and now comprises of over 100 acres of vines with an average age over 36 years. I’ve long admired the quality that comes from this vineyard. The 2008 version of this wine was nearly equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with just the touch more Merlot than the other two. From the start, this was buzzing with dark fruits, sweet tobacco, baking spices and leather. The texture is so ever so velvety soft. The tannins are super fine and we’ll integrated at this point. A wine of impeccable balance that has delivered the goods for several years now and I suspect, will continue to do so for many years to come. That being said, I am happy to have consumed my last bottle at this stage in its evolution. It’s clearly firing on all cylinders now. — 2 days ago

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Neal Ferry

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Last trip to Seattle we bought a bunch...a friend of mine in Omaha is related to them, he brings me back some of the best Merlot they have

Hundred Suns

Minuit Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Syrah

A complete whole cluster fermented endeavor with deep color and substantive flavors that fill the entire palette. One of the best Syrahs I’ve had in a long time. Keep your eye on winemaker Grant Coulter and this puppy. Amazing — 7 days ago

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Chappellet

Mountain Cuvée Proprietor's Blend 2017

Had this 6 mos ago at Tasting, liked it, bought several bottles for cellar. Blend of Cab Sauv, Cab Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot & Malbec, made by 30 year Chappellet winemaker Phillip Titus. Deep Ruby, purple edges, youthful aromas of black fruit, spices and flinty notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry and black cherry with some vanilla and tobacco and herbal floral notes. Vivid acidity & firm tight tannins with long finish ending with a youthful character, aging well should benefit from bottle aging. — 10 days ago

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Philip Togni Vineyard

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Worked up a lockdown sweat wrestling with this one. Day one it was like trying to raise a teenager from bed on Sunday morning in the middle of a pandemic. Needed four hours in the decanter before finally revealing a nose and some flavour on the palate. When i left it later in the evening, some really nice complexity coming through with blackberry, cassis, green peppers and wood but not necessarily oak. Tannins are fine but a little drying in the first glass or two. This is a Bordeaux style Napa Cabernet, much more subdued and savoury than many of its neighbours. Day two this is really good, finally forgiven me for waking it up before 2030 and offering soft, dark fruit with, vanilla, chocolate and cherry flavours . Nice long finish with some sweetness creeping in.

This is a complex wine, deep colour and character and it needs time. Well worth the effort and it goes without saying this will age for many years before reaching its peak. Fine sediment, needs filtering.
— 5 days ago

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Lovely note 👍
Deborah M

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One of my favorite producers.

Herman Story

Shadow Canyon Vineyard Syrah - Grenache Blend 2016

Kirk F
9.3

Another virtual happy hour here. Following direction, 45 minute decant. Brambly, unctuous and a finish that does not stop. Huge! Loved it. 78 syrah, 22 grenache — 4 hours ago

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@Kirk F Can’t wait mine was shipped on Monday

O'Shaughnessy

Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Delicious wine.. getting smoother and more refined with age. Had this about 3 years ago and was more fruit driven then. Now, it’s more mellow but with lots of finesse. — 4 days ago

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Shroud Mountain

California Cabernet Sauvignon

Light cab, easy drinking — 20 days ago

Cimarossa

Rian Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Howell Mountain opulence, open knit with sweet round red and purple fruit. Soft tannins and so silky smooth with noticeable depth. This was still drinking superbly two days after pop. — 10 days ago

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Spring Mountain Vineyard

Elivette Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2001

Paul K
9.3

Let this blow off for an hour and it blossomed. It’s interesting that this has some Petite Verdot, but not Cab Franc. I’d have guessed the opposite. Also, not as much tertiary as I’d have expected. This is lovely and plush, hardly an edge. The nose is white pepper, new leather, earth, and cherry. On the palate is strawberry, stewed plums, cherry, and finishes with a pinch of caramel tannins. It’s a thing! — 11 days ago

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Dunn Vineyards

Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 1993

Eric S
9.5

Recent special re-release. Tons of life and tannic tart cherry cola left. Dunn wax sucks but I’m here to tell you that 27 year old Dunn wax really sucks. My wife said it had too much stink and demanded a fruit bomb. — 12 days ago

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Love this wine @Eric S . I opened one a few months back and was shocked how good it was.
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I remember @Shay A. Psyched they offered some up last week.