Washington Hils

Charles Smith

Royal City Washington Syrah 2013

Shay A
9.4

I’m between a 94 and 95 here. I think this is slightly better than the 2010 I opened two years ago in that this showed more classical funk and savory notes.

I gave this an hour of slow ox and then decanted another 2+hrs. At pop and pour, not very expressive. Even after the hour of being open in the bottle it made such a difference and then absolutely exploded in the decanter. Floral, violets, potpourri, herbal spice, stemmy underripe black fruits all on the nose. Gained a touch of Syrah funk the longer it was open but stayed more between the fruit and stem inclusion side instead of going full on iron/smoked meat. So much up front fruit on the palate before a wall of mineral hits and takes everything down the mid palate on a wild ride. Peppercorn crusted black cherries, dark red and black berries, underripe red plum and really nice acidity to give it a nervy type profile. Alongside the 2014 Horsepower Tribe Syrah, this was more a caged animal yet still retained a wild factor. Then again, most wines are tame compared to Horsepower (just give them time...I’ve experienced how incredible they can be with age)!
— 16 days ago

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Jan A

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Had the 2008 last year, kept evolving and needed several hours. My last glass was the best
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@Shay A : nice notes Shay. How much life do you feel this wine has?
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@Jason and Jennie : Would love to go there!

@Jan A : Haven’t had the 2008, but both the 2010 and 2013 certainly benefitted from extended decants, even though their profiles are a bit different.

@Bryan Kesting : Plenty! I’d say it’s likely hanging in this drinking window another 5+ years before the fruit starts fading more to the background and the required decant time drops closer to pop and pour.

Dunham Cellars

XIV Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Blind tasting. I was very confused it had a lot of the sweeter warmer herbal flavors like marjoram and thyme yet it had still this cool dark currant, cassis body with just the softest, gentle tannins. What could it be. I didn’t guess it but Tammy revealed she had picked a 2012 100% Cab from Dunham. Just amazing, tasting the magic of Eric. It was awesome. — 8 days ago

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Wines of Substance, LLC

Cs Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

More spicy than the 2018. Just $13 or thereabouts at Costco. — 8 days ago

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Tenor Wines

Washington Malbec 2018

Full of berries and jam, rounded out with floral notes and smooth tannins. Drinks great now and will be even more gorgeous if you’re patient enough to wait a few years. — 2 days ago

Gramercy Cellars

Columbia Valley Syrah 2015

Color of many shades of purple, with gray hue on the rim. Nice legs. Nose of wet mushroom, violet, strawberry, savory spice, raspberry, strength of alcohol, and a bit leather. Nose is fragrant. Taste follows the nose, silky and warm, lot of raspberry, a bit peppery, flowering note, and slightly sweet. Taste is clean, in harmony, and well balanced. Aftertaste is medium long and savory. A beauty. — 9 days ago

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Charles Smith

Boom Boom! Washington State Syrah

Long tannins and traditional nose. Sweet grape jelly, blackcurrant, black cherry, tobacco leaf, and bittersweet chocolate on the palate. Solid wine. — 10 days ago

L'Ecole No. 41

Frenchtown Red Blend 2019

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Purple in color with a purplish rim.

Fruity nose of black plums, black currants, oak, spices, tobacco, vanilla, licorice, light alcohol, blueberries, light earth, pencil lead, coffee, chocolates and peppercorn.

Full bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, chocolates, tobacco and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a young red blend from Columbia Valley. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

A good everyday wine to sip on by the porch. Easy drinking, tangy and interesting.

Good now, and will be better in a couple of years. Good by itself or with food. I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

A blend of 45% Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Grenache. Aged for 9 months in neutral oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$22.
— 10 days ago

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Owen Roe

Sinister Hand Columbia Valley Red Rhone Blend 2017

Nose is quite complex, with lilies, sweet red berry juice, smoldering cinders, and sandstone. It attacks the palate with flavors and sensations but not weight. Intense cracked stone minerality, dark piercing cherry fruit, a slightly bitter note to balance the lingering finish. A really good value and flexible wine. Definitely showing its majority Grenache make-up. — 5 days ago

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W.T. Vintners

Les Collines Vineyard Syrah 2016

This vintage is coming into its own right now. Could still use a little extra time in the bottle but if you can’t wait, it is drinking nicely now. — 7 days ago

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Phelps Creek Vineyards

Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir

A hearty nose of gray cranberry scone.

Light to medium, this wine has a spectacular focus to it, cherry skin, cranberry, twigs and branches, great jolly rancher blue acidity. This is a fantastic Pinot Noir.
— 4 days ago

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