Purple-red in color, dense, super-extracted pigmentation. Meaty, mixed red and blue fruit notes in nose with a hint of mint. Cherry cola flavor with steady barrel smoke streak running with length here initially; later this resolves into dusty, black and white pepper flavors. Soft mouthfeel with coffee and moderate skin astringency in finish and aftertaste. A solid WA state Syrah from a reliably consistent producer of quality reds. 346 cases produced — 15 days ago
For International Merlot day I'm going with a Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a short reddish rim.
Soft nose of blueberries, plums, wood, licorice, oak, earth, light vegetables, pencil lead, vinaigrette, forest floor, tobacco leaf, spices, graphite, bitter herbs, black tea and black pepper.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with black currants, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, cloves, green herbs, spices, dark chocolates, coffee, vegetables, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.
Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a nice surprise. A great Bordeaux Blend from Washington State. Well balanced and earthy with a nice mouthfeel and a tangy ending, that I really liked.
Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (90 minutes).
Might have been better a year or two ago, even though, this was a great vintage and it's showing great complexity.
Thank you Scott for sharing.
I paired it with cheeses, meats and light appetizers.
A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 12% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot.
A production of 95 barrels.
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$35. — 10 days ago
The last several years I’ve either opened a Royal City, Charles Smith Skull or Behrens Family Thanksgiving Cab (with the skeleton family on the label) on Halloween night. This is far and away the best showing for the Royal City I’ve ever had. 10 years in bottle seems to be the sweet spot for this wine. Blackberry compote, black olive tapenade, smoke, grainy tannins and a dash of herbaceous goodness. Not at all like Cayuse—there is no fox fur funk—rather it compares favorably to a higher end Northern Rhône but without the classy heft and long finish of a LaLa. Enjoyed it immensely. — 17 days ago
Nice light color. Low tannins good acid. Great balance of red fruit. Lot of cherry. Little spice? Hits with almost an olive flavor few seconds after finishing. — 7 days ago
A bit young, so give it plenty of air. The nose is really complex: smoldering stones, flowers, freshly-baked whole wheat bread, dark rich berry ooze. Intense and large-framed in the mouth. Initial hit is tight and hot, but then opens into mouth-coating savory flavors. Lots of tannin to shed, but terrific length. Goes on and on. Terrific now, but will definitely improve over the next few years. — 16 days ago
Very flavorful. Fruity with a warm spice depth. Sweet finish.
With Mike on couch watching Auburn game.
Bought at Total Wine. $15, paid $12 with coupon. — 7 days ago