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 Vintage2006 Label 1 of 8 
(NOTE: Label borrowed from 2008 vintage.)
TypeRed
ProducerSheridan Vineyard (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
DesignationL'Orage
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionWashington
SubRegionColumbia Valley
AppellationYakima Valley
UPC Code(s)451114347503

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2021 (based on 8 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 41 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by uncle al on 5/11/2015 & rated 91 points: Drinking beautifully. A great Washington wine. Wish I had more. (186 views)
 Tasted by JohnSh on 4/23/2015 flawed bottle: This had a weird acidic bite to it, and it tasted like there were some bacterial issues. Not rated. (197 views)
 Tasted by jefe-alto on 11/29/2014 & rated 93 points: Drinking perfectly right now. Decanted for 30 minutes. Tastes of fresh Yakima cherries balanced with some soft tannins made this the best wine of the evening. (529 views)
 Tasted by ChrisinSunnyside on 11/11/2013 & rated 89 points: A bit harsh on Pop and pour. Nice fruit, a bit of oak still showing but not as smooth or knitted as expected. Still needed an hour or so decant I guess, but we didn't wait since dinner was ready. I almost wonder if this was an off bottle. (1545 views)
 Tasted by ChrisinSunnyside on 6/29/2013 & rated 91 points: Flavors same as prior. Very nice structure, lots of life left. (1813 views)
 Tasted by N.Bonaparte on 4/7/2013 & rated 92 points: 2 hour decant- big bold spice box up front that flows through seamlessly- no heat- full bodied. Good value. (1999 views)
 Tasted by pdemaio on 12/20/2012 & rated 93 points: Lovely and coming into it's own. A big delicious wine with none of the awkwardness it had on release. I wonder how much better it will become. (2155 views)
 Tasted by bugdoced on 8/15/2012 & rated 90 points: opened up nicely over 30 minutes; worth the wait;good qpr (2353 views)
 Tasted by rmh66 on 6/14/2012 & rated 91 points: Blackberry, cassis, forest floor, violets, raspberry, cloves, and some wood on the nose. Blackberry, cassis, herbs, a little vanilla, and spice on the palate. There's some nice acidity that keeps this fresh and juicy. Some tannin at the tail. Nice medium-long finish. No doubt this is new world and oaky -- maybe too oaky for some people -- but it's quite delicious. Good value too. Will buy more. 90-91 (1849 views)
 Tasted by Outplaying on 4/10/2012: I have little experience with washington state wines as this note may show. Most if not all the wines I've had from Washington have been ripe fruit bombs with too much vanilla for my tastes. This wine was ripe but very dry. The acidity really surprised me. There is an elegance and old world quality to the wine. This is not extremely complex but it is very enjoyable, and the fine tannins, fruit and acid makes me think this wine is young and may be even better down the road. I do get a little faint herbacious and a little coffee note with the abundant fruit. This wine reminds me not to be too quick to generalize and judge a region you don't know much about. (1845 views)
 Tasted by uncle al on 12/15/2011 & rated 91 points: A very pleasant wine. Dark fruit and oak. Also with good spice and some sweetness. Reminded me of an Amarone. A very different but interesting wine. (2107 views)
 Tasted by ClubTerry on 7/4/2011 & rated 93 points: Only getting better with more time in the bottle. (2331 views)
 Tasted by caeleric/cae_cpa on 5/12/2011: decanted for 1 hour and consumed over 3.5 hours. delectable nose of red and blue fruits, with a wallop of oak. if i didn't like oak so much, i would venture to say the oak is out of balance; but i love oak, so it worked for me. a little devoid of complexities at this stage, but with another 3-5 years this should be even better. so far, this is one of my favorite washington bordeaux blends i've had. delish! (2418 views)
 Tasted by wineotim on 1/11/2011 & rated 91 points: Very ripe, extracted, heavily oaked style. Deep dark blueberry color, aromas of dark fruit and mineral. Silky tannins, finish is long and relatively sweet. (2686 views)
 Tasted by THaas on 12/22/2010 & rated 90 points: Tasted quickly without formal notes.

Quite good. Reasonably powerful nose showing the cab sauv and cab franc, cherry and blueberry in the mouth. Present-but-not-overpowering tannins. Worth a second look.

Drink through 2017. (2606 views)
 Tasted by ChrisinSunnyside on 6/9/2010 & rated 92 points: Cab franc blueberry pretty pronounced, Deep black blue fruit and silk. Nice wine. (3017 views)
 Tasted by KeithAkers on 9/14/2009 & rated 90 points: Washington Wine Commision tasting (Rooftop Terrace, Millenium Park, Chicago IL): nose: a real nice perfumed and hi-toned nose with floral bits, red cherries, red currants and some spice tones. Good depth with expressive rich fruit tones

taste: Lovely and elegant medium feel with rich tones of spices, red cherries, and red currants. Very good tannins with good medium acidity

overall: a slight notch below the other offerings from Sheridan, but this was still a real pretty and elegant wine that had a lot of polish to it that made it very attractive (3555 views)
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Sheridan Vineyard

Producer website

The 2009 Cabernet Franc (100% Estate Grown) has a deep black center leading to a vibrant purple rim that draws you in with itís amazing nose of succulent dark fruit, cocoa and the slightest hint of vanilla. On the palate this wine is firm and broad yet lush and dense with beautiful texture that displays all of its complexities leading to a long broad finish. With this wines structure it should be laid down for 3-5 years, but if you cannot wait that long please double decant for several hours prior to enjoying.
Wine Advocate 95-98 points

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.

USA

WineAmerica (National Association of American Wineries) | Free the Grapes!

Washington

Washington Wine Commission | Credit to Washingtonwine.org for this article

Washington Wine
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Wineries
With 30,000+ acres planted, the state has ideal geography and conditions for growing premium vinifera wine grapes. Primarily grown on their own root stocks, the vines produce grapes of consistent quality, resulting in strong vintages year after year. While its focus is on Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the region also produces a wide range of other spectacular whites and reds.

Growers
Winemakers from all over the world have chosen to establish themselves in Washington, where they can create wines reflecting this region's unique characteristics. Their hand-crafted wines are receiving wide acclaim from critics regionally, nationally and internationally for their consistently high quality. Many of them have received scores of 90 and above from the major wine media. Overall this is a higher percentage than other leading wine regions.

Regions
As the state's fourth largest fruit crop, the Washington wine industry is an important contributor to the long-term preservation of Washington agriculture. The industry is committed to sustainable agricultural practices and conservation of water resources.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is now the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. Washington wines are found nationally in all 50 states and internationally in more than 40 countries.

Varieties
Washington produces more than 20 wine grape varieties - a ratio of 56 percent white to 44 percent red. As the industry matures and experiments, it finds many grape varieties that thrive throughout Washington's microclimates. There are more than 16,000 vineyard acres of red wine varieties statewide.

History & Vintages
Washington's wine future is limitless. As consumers discover the quality of Washington wines, demand continues to grow nationally and internationally. New acreage and wine varietals are being planted and new wineries are opening at a remarkable pace. Washington State is recognized as a premium viticultural region around the world.

State Facts
Washington's wine industry generates more than $3 billion to the state economy. It employs more than 14,000 people, directly and indirectly, with projections to add nearly 2,000 more jobs by 2006. In terms of tax revenues accrued to the state and federal government, wine grapes are among the highest tax generators of any agricultural crops. Furthermore, Washington wine tourism attracts nearly two million visitors annually contributing to the positive growth of local and regional economies.

Washington State - the perfect climate for wine = ideal growing conditions, quality wines, business innovation, lifestyle, and social responsibility. All are key elements of this world-class wine industry.

Columbia Valley

Columbia Cascade Winery Association

The Columbia Valley AVA lies mostly in Washington state, with a small section in Oregon. The Cascade Range forms its western boundary with the Palouse regions bordering the area to the east. To the north, the Okanogan National Forest forms a border with the AVA and Canada. It encompasses the valleys formed by the Columbia River and its tributaries, including the Walla Walla River, the Snake River, and the Yakima River. The Columbia valley stretches between the 46th parallel and 47th parallel which puts it in line with the well known French wine growing regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The northern latitude gives the areas two more hours of additional daylight during the summer growing season than wine regions of California receive. The volcanic and sandy loam soil of the valley offers good drainage and is poor in nutrients, ideal in forcing the vine to concentrate its resources into the grape clusters.

Yakima Valley

Wine Yakima Valley

 
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