Category Archives: USA

2009 Omnivore Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the fullest bodied of the bunch so have it last, and a big ribeye steak will be the right direction to go. Dark garnet color, medium+ intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black cherry, black raspberry, leather, chocolate, bell pepper, balanced oak, solid wine. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium+ tannins, medium acidity, charred peppers, cedar, cigar box, dusty component, layered, strong finish, this wine will keep delivering for a good many years, if you drink now aerate, if you don’t have one of those vinturi gadgets, get one.

2009 Omnivore Cellars Cabenret Franc

Ruby color, medium intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, candied red cherries, raspberries, orange peel, cedar, spice box, chocolate, leather, balanced oak, complex and though provoking beauty. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannins, good acidity, with lots of layers, the spices on this and pretty upper tones remind me of an peeling off an evening gown, and the finish like the satin sheets.

2009 Omnivore Cellars Tempranillo

This has been open a couple of hours now and it has evolved immensely, becoming even more approachable. Ruby color, medium intensity. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, cherry, leather, cigar tobacco, cocoa, dill, subtle dust, and nicely balanced oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, with jammy red fruit, toasted coconut, slight mineral, and a salumi component that had just emerged. This wine is killing it, layered and complex.

1999 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Some guests brought this in, it rocked, note to public, please let your Quilceda age and evolve into the wine it should. On the nose, it had bouquet, medium+ intensity, still packed with black cherry and black currants, the secondary elements are emerging. like cedar, spice box, vanilla, chocolate, leather, very layered. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, velvety tannins, great acidity, and awesome balance and finish.

2001 Chateau St. Michelle Artist Series

Wow! This was a real beauty. Nice garnet color, with some browning to it. On the nose, medium+ intensity, loaded with secondary bouquet, cigar, pencil shavings, tomato leaf, but still holding on the some black cherry, black currant, and plum fruit, with moderate oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, layered and complex, medium- tannins, medium acidity, and good length to the finish. This wine made me realize that we do make amazing wine in Washington, and although lately I have been bored by the two dimensions of new world wine, I saw that sometimes it takes 11 years for greatness to come to fruition.

2006 Cardinale Napa

Wow, this was monstrous, loaded with complexity, big explosive black cherry and currant fruit, framed by tobacco and spice, herbs, and beautifully integrated oak. On the palate, muscular, medium+ tannin, black cherry punch in the face, layered with spices, a brilliant balance, medium acidity, and a big time presence, and an awesome finish.

2003 Matthews Cellars Cabernet Franc

Arguably the best Cabernet Franc in Washington State. Garnet in color with some brown in it. On the nose, medium intensity, developed, with great depth and complexity, fig, plum, cedar, bell pepper, spice, some oak, with some mineral too. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, silky tannins, medium acidity, medium body, with very nice balance, intriguing and complex, layered with licorice, bark, and cocoa, and good length to the finish.

2008 Conn Creek Cabernet Franc

This wine really tore it up. Dark ruby in color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, cedar, cherries, currants, tobacco, layered, complex, with some oak, and no earth to speak to. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, great balance, chocolate cherry fig smoothie, laced with tobacco, vanilla, and cedar bark, with a subtle dusty component, and a solid finish.