Some of Washington’s Best!

20 Oct Some of Washington’s Best!

sheridan bottlesOur good friend, “Big John” Caudill, and winemaker Scott Greer have awesome new releases out from Washington’s Yakima Valley. These are big, intense wines that really show the potential of the Pacific Northwest.

“Scott Greer continues to make full throttle, concentrated and textured efforts from his Sheridan Vineyard.”
The Wine Advocate

2013 Sheridan Cabernet Sauvignon, Yakima Valley
On Sale $23.99
The estate’s entry-level Cabernet, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon gives up lots of graphite, road tar, currants and licorice characteristics to go with an elegant, yet structured feel on the palate. Medium to full-bodied, with good concentration, this is more structured and firm than the Mystique release and will have a decade of longevity. It’s a rock-solid bottle of wine, as well as a terrific value.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

2013 Sheridan “Mystique” Red Blend, Yakima Valley
On Sale $26.99
Always an excellent value, the 2013 Mystique is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc and had just been bottled two weeks before my visit. It’s a supple, nicely textured, forward red that gives up lots of red and black plum, black olive, licorice, graphite and wood spice characteristics on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, pure, layered, and nicely textured, drink it anytime over the coming 5-6 years.
91 Points, The Wine Advocate

“His 2012 Sheridans have… mid-palate depth and texture, as well as beautiful freshness.”
The Wine Advocate

2012 Sheridan “L’Orage” Red Blend, Yakima Valley
On Sale $49.99
A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc that spent 24 months in 75% new French oak, the 2012 L’Orage is reminiscent of a quality Pauillac with its lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, tobacco leaf and spice-laced aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, elegant and seamless on the palate, with solid mid-palate depth and fine tannin, it needs 2-3 years in bottle and will drink well through 2027.
93+ Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Sheridan Cabernet Franc “Boss Block” Yakima Valley
On Sale $45.99
The Cabernet Franc dominated 2012 Boss Block, which has been made since 2001, was aged in equal parts new and once used French oak barrels. It has terrific notes of chocolate, graphite, roasted herbs and hints of dried flowers, medium to full-bodied richness, polished tannin and a lengthy finish. Nicely concentrated, balanced and already approachable, drink it anytime over the coming decade.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Sheridan Cabernet Sauvignon “Block 1,” Yakima Valley
On Sale $105.99
The most muscular and masculine in the lineup, the 2012 Block 1 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 28 months in new French oak. It’s a serious, structured and backward effort that has lots of spicy oak, coffee bean, graphite and licorice-laced blackcurrants on the nose. These flow to a full-bodied, dense, concentrated and chewy Cabernet that will need 2-4 years of cellaring and have 15-20 years or more of longevity.
95 Points, The Wine Advocate

Also on sale from Washington State!

“Without a doubt, these are the finest Chardonnays I’ve tasted from Washington.”
The Wine Advocate

2012 Sixto Chardonnay, Frenchman Hills, Columbia Valley
On Sale $51.99 Lowest price online!
Of the three Sixto Chardonnay releases, the 2012 Chardonnay Frenchman Hills Vineyard comes from the highest elevation site and cool, north-facing slopes and broken basalt soils. Seeing a scant 17% new French oak, it has lively, crisp notes of green citrus, toasted bread and buttered apple to go with a medium to full-bodied, balanced, fresh, yet also rich style on the palate. One of the top Chardonnays coming out of Washington, it should drink nicely for at least 2-3 years.
93 Points, The Wine Advocate

2012 Sixto Chardonnay Roza Hills Vineyard, Rattlesnake Hills
On Sale $51.99
The 2012 Chardonnay Roza Hills Vineyard comes from a site in the Rattlesnake Hills region. Aged in 27% new French oak (the highest of the four Chardonnays), it’s a medium-bodied, elegant, seamless white that has classic notes of ripe apple, lemon curd and toasted spice. Fresh and lively, yet also layered, rich and with excellent mid-palate depth, it’s my favorite of the 2012s and one of the top examples of the variety coming out of Washington State. Hats off to the team here and all four of these latest releases are drop-dead gorgeous.
94 Points, The Wine Advocate

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