Walla Walla Valley, Washington Cabernet Sauvignon

Leonetti Cellar

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Left Bank Bordeaux, likely blinded this is what is I'd tell you, yet a stunning bottle of beautifully aged WA Cabernet sits in front of me. We almost opened a Saint-Émilion (Right Bank) tonight, and so glad we opted for this particular bottle.

Nose has very tarry cherry, fresh violets, canned black olive, licorice, pencil lead (light), crushed blackberry and a touch of heat from the alcohol (14.6%).

Palate has ripe black currant, coffee, ripe blackberry, beautiful silky dark chocolate, light cedar box and fully resolved tannins. Drink now (2019) or hold for 2-3 more years.

77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Carmenere.

Paired this along side an experimental beef course. Usually with more expensive cuts we go with the tried and true preparation, but tonight we strayed. Grass fed beef ribeyes mostly cooked sous vide, then finished on the grill. We cooked to 125°F in the water bath, then hit the grill at 550°F for about 6-7 minutes. Perfection on the plate, beautifully medium-rare. The only downside is that the grill temps render the fat to moisten the beef, and do add some flavor, which wasn't fully achieved in this process. A little more grill time, next time around, won't do any harm.
— 7 days ago

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Cayuse Vineyards

En Chamberlin Vineyard Syrah 2003

Bought six each of the ‘99 Walla Walla and ‘03 En Chamberlain at auction a few years ago. The WW has seriously over-performed, while the EC’s seemed overripe and perhaps even slightly cooked...until bottle five. Pulled this bottle with the expectation of tasting and perhaps dumping and moving on. Cork was pristine and first sniff stopped me in my tracks. Everything I had hoped for in previous bottles was here- mild to moderate Cayuse funk of wet fur, sumptuous dark fruit, and a nice minerality. Beautiful Syrah. Fingers crossed for bottle six. — 20 hours ago

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Great pull!

No Girls Wines

La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2015

Enjoying a head-to-head Grenache tasting with this an Nine Suns. Certainly cool climate, had the Rocks District funk, but blew off well through the day before dinner. Herbaceous tapenade tang with some iron and rock hiding underneath. Looking forward to what 5-10 years will bring. — 7 days ago

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Figgins

Estate Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2015

Just can’t get over the tannic structure of this wine. Not sure there is enough time to resolve the tannins. — 3 days ago

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Otis Kenyon

Cabernt Sauvignon 2014

Wonderful herbaceous notes (sage) early on, followed by heavy tobacco, black cherry, white pepper, and subtle cola notes wind out the pallet experience.

Mineral (wet stone) and cedar notes play off each other nicely on the nose. Yum!

— 3 days ago

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Walla Walla Vintners

Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Franc 2013

Nice little Cab Franc. Lovely herbaceous nose, did start out with this wine being a little cold. Nice dark fruit, some spice. — 8 days ago

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Tero Estates

Beau Nez Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2016

Fantastic little wine called Beau Nez made for the Walla Walla Barrel Auction by Tero. We were lucky enough to get a case from our friend who purchased the entire barrel! If Tero ends up making a similar wine, sign me up, this was absolutely delicious. — 14 days ago

Cayuse Vineyards

God Only Knows Armada Vineyard Grenache 2014

I haven’t tried this 2017 WWB wine of the year for more than a year. Needless to say, I was completely blown away with this stunner. The 2014 'God Only Knows' is an utterly fascinating wine from the amazing team of Christophe Baron and Elizabeth Bourcier of Cayuse Vineyards. This stunning Grenache was sourced from the Armada Vineyard and instantly impresses as it opens to intoxicating aromatics of red fruits, meat, tangerine rind, black forest cake, black truffle oil, and Earl Grey tea. This walks a tight rope between power and elegance, showcasing blackberry cobbler, and black plums with red raspberry preserves, red cherries and pomegranate seed. Beautifully balanced and structured this continues to impress with its gorgeous texture and poise. Flavors of blood orange, umami and black olive tapenade continue to add complexity and impressive range as they build on the finish. The combination of purity and precision are a thing of beauty. Overall, this is a complete success, and one of most impressive wines ever from Walla Walla. Outstanding now and also possesses lovely aging potential. Drink 2019- 2029-100 — 6 days ago

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Dr. Owen Bargreen

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@P A Thanks, it was truly amazing 🍷🔥

Leonetti Cellar

Reserve Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

The stage was set. Pontet Canet in the left corner, Leonetti reserve in the right corner. Leonetti came in strong, intense, rich, powerful with strong dry blue berry, dark cherry fruit and a well integrated tannins with hints of oak and tobacco. Broad on the pallet, all in. Who won? Almost too close to call. Such different style. Broad and bold verse intense and deep. Check the ratings! — 7 days ago

Tammy de Weerd
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Saviah Cellars

Walla Walla Valley Syrah 2014

Phenomenal nose: dark red berries, smoky minerality, a bit of sweet spice and a bit of funk. Mouthfilling flavors are very clingy, but the wine is soft and seems almost weightless. Savory, iodine, smoky fire pit, charred beef. Long-ass finish. Really good stuff.

UPDATE: Night 2 this is showing even more depth and complexity. Upping from 9.2 to 9.3
— 10 days ago

Severn, Anthony and 10 others liked this
Anthony Lombardi

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Really love this one.