Dineen Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills. This is a lighter style of Malbec fermented with native yeast, whole clusters. 11.2% alc/vol. Purple, moderately extracted pigment, very good clarity. Butter, tobacco and red fruit aromas initially. Raspberry and black currant flavors with length and a bit of cherry, moderate seed bitterness and skin astringency. Needs time to open. Acidity is light, almost rounded mouthfeel, fruit with length, but you need to give those tannins about 30 minutes minimum to dampen down. The carbonic maceration character comes out after 45 minutes, creating a mild Kool-Aid effect on some of the fruit flavors. (The effect is much nicer and more natural, of course, than those artificial flavors in Kool-Aid). A nice red for any occasion except a steak, in which case go for a full power Malbec. — 5 days ago
Talk about an easy drinking Washington merlot. Nose consists of stewed plums, cassis, and caramel. Moderate acidity in the mouth flows into flavors of raspberries, strawberry, fresh ground coffee, black pepper and hints of asparagus. — 9 days ago
Dense purple red, highly extracted pigment, some sediment in suspension. Butter, purple fruit and flowers in nose, blackberry, thyme, sage, slight cigar box. Velvety blackberry texture and flavor in mouth, slightly bitter and alcoholic on finish initially. After 30 minutes, chewy tar finish emerges with moderate astringency and a touch of menthol. A serious robust wine, but that Washington State fruit flavors and herbal nose sneak through. 106 cases produced — 8 days ago
Found an extra bottle of this vintage tucked away, so revisiting it. Previous tasting notes largely hold; lees character on finish has faded somewhat but flavor profile, acidity and rounded mouthfeel still intact, well balanced and crafted. I love this stuff, fruity but dry, refined, great for sipping but should hold up to food. Citric-lemon component intensifies after 30 minutes, so its use as a food wine improves markedly with decanting or patience. Still, it’s a great wine to sip for those first 30 minutes, even with less intense citric acid and lemon flavor. — 20 days ago
This inky Washington wine smells like plums and vanilla with a lacing of leather. The palate is deep and complex, full of dark fruit - plums, blackberries - and spices, herbs and anise. The tannins are firm enough, but not overpowering. It’s a great wine for a roast or just for sipping.
— 10 days ago
Delicious and bold without being big. Plenty of cassis, plum, dark cherry, espresso, balanced by a medium acidity. Great depth and breadth of flavors, not exactly refined, but charismatic in its exuberance. Good value and worth a try. May overdeveloped in the bottle — fear it could start to exhibit molasses flavors early — so feel free to drink now. — 12 days ago
Caught it at a good time in its life. A little reluctant at first, but opened up beautifully. Good structure, still plenty of fruit left, and nice oak spice. — 11 days ago