West Coast Double Tasting

17 Oct West Coast Double Tasting

Saturday, October 19
12 to 4pm
In our Event Space

You’re gonna want to have lunch before you stop by this weekend, because we’ve got a lot of wine to taste from two great wineries in Napa and Washington! If you think that all that comes out of these regions are big, over oaked fruit bombs then you NEED to come to this event. Clos du Val is making wines like they did in the ’80s in Napa, with judicious use of new wood and earlier harvest dates to ensure freshness in the grapes. If you don’t know about Sheridan, you should! These are more on the Bordeaux side of things. Our friend Big John will be on hand to pour the new vintages of these incredible wines.

Table #1 Sheridan Vineyard with Big John Caudill

2017 Sheridan Vineyard Estate Chardonnay, Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $19.99
Medium gold. Ripe honeydew melon, sweet peach and vanilla spice in the nose. Medium bodied with bright acidity and fruit clarity. The palate shows the peach notes, caramelized pineapple and brioche. Layered and full on the back of the palate. Finishing with spicy barrel notes, baking spices and a touch of honey. 100% Wente clone Chardonnay. 13 months in 25% new French oak. Unfiltered. 400 cases produced. Drink now through 2024.
Winery Notes

2017 Sheridan Vineyard Estate Chardonnay “La Belle Blonde,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $26.99
The 2017 Chardonnay La Belle Blonde is a solid effort and this cuvee is always made in a richer, full style. The 2017 has a medium gold color and a powerful bouquet of ripe orchard fruits, toasty oak, spice, and brioche, with just a hint of honeyed pears. Medium to full-bodied, nicely textured, and concentrated, it’s a ripe, fleshy, nicely made Chardonnay to drink over the coming year or two.
90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2017 Sheridan Vineyard “Mystique,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $24.99
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the 2017 Mystique, which has already been bottled, offers a complex, Bordeaux like vibe as well as lots of black cherry and currant fruits intermixed with lead pencil, dried earth, coffee bean, and licorice. I love its aromatics and it hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, no hard edges, terrific balance, and just a classic Sheridan Vineyard style. It’s ideal for drinking over the coming decade as well.
93 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Sheridan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $24.99
Always a good value, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon offers lots of Cabernet character in its blackcurrant, lead pencil, green tobacco, and spicy oak aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited, balanced, and already a joy to drink.
90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2016 Sheridan Vineyard “L’Orage,” Yakima Valley AVA
On Sale $49.99
The Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2016 L’Orage, which normally includes some Cabernet Franc, offers a dark, earthy, herbal style in its red and black fruits, cedarwood, and tobacco aromas and flavors. It’s medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and structured, with enough firm tannins to warrant 4-5 years of bottle age.
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Sheridan Vineyard “Singularity” Syrah, Yakima Valley, AVA
On Sale $82.99
The 2015 Syrah Singularity is another terrific vintage for this cuvee, one which always reminds me of a top Cote Rotie (or Hermitage?) with its savory, rich, meaty style. The 2015 sports a deep ruby/plum color to go with a big bouquet of blackcurrants, smoked meats, graphite, and hints of black olive tapenade. With medium to full-bodied richness, ripe, polished tannin, and a great finish, it checks in slightly behind the crazy good 2013 (and 2014), but blossoms with time in the glass and has a solid decade of prime drinking ahead of it.
95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

2015 Sheridan Vineyard “Block One” Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley, AVA
On Sale $112.99
The Cabernet Sauvignon dominated 2015 Block 1 is another sensational effort from winemaker Scott Greer. Brought up in 100% new barrels and hitting 14.1% natural alcohol, it offers up a heavenly perfume of crème de cassis, spicy oak, graphite, and tobacco. This gives way to a ripe, concentrated, plush Cabernet that has sweet tannin, a big, opulent texture, good acidity, and a great finish. It’s approachable today with a decant, but will be better in 2-3 years and keep for 15-20 years.
96+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck

Table #2 Clos du Val with Bill Adrian

2016 Clos du Val Chardonnay Estate, Carneros AVA
On Sale $26.99
Ripe apple and melon flavors dominate this svelte, open-textured version. The buttery finish features spicy richness. Drink now through 2022.
89 Points, The Wine Spectator

2016 Clos du Val Pinot Noir Estate, Carneros AVA
On Sale $30.99
The pale to medium ruby-purple colored 2016 Pinot Noir Estate gives up wild strawberries, raspberry leaves and Bing cherries with wafts of herbs and underbrush. The palate is medium-bodied and plush with a lively backbone and red berry-laced finish.
89 Points, The Wine Advocate

2016 Clos du Val Merlot Estate, Napa Valley
On Sale $30.99
Reductive in tar, oak and thick concentrated flavor, this estate wine is spicy and darkly brooding in black cherry and plum. Sage and cedar nip around the edges of fruit and powerful ripeness.
90 Points, The Wine Enthusiast

2016 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Estate, Napa Valley
On Sale $38.99
Starting out with the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot), it’s a rocking Cabernet that should be snatched up by readers looking for a terrific value in Napa Cabernet at the 50 dollar price point. Blue fruits, sappy herbs, some damp earth, and a touch of mint all emerge from this charming, medium to full-bodied, fruit-loaded effort that delivers the goods.
92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
92 Points, James Suckling

2015 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon “Hirondelle Estate,” Stag’s Leap District AVA
On Sale $89.99
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Hirondelle Estate (a barrel sample) has wonderfully pure crushed black currants and blackberries notes with suggestions of sandalwood, cigar box, allspice and cloves plus a touch of dusty earth. Full-bodied, rich, plush and compelling in its up-front generosity, it has a firm backbone of ripe, fine-grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a spicy note.
93-95 Points, The Wine Advocate
93-95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck