Inky dark purple, blue fruits and cedar on the nose. Dry, tart bitter sweet tannins, bold body and fruit. Not for the AFWE crowd, but if you like some oak on the finish, you will be happy with this one. On day one PnP, just a bit raw @ 88 pts. It never rose higher after a couple of days. TW thought it was pretty good for a red, so that is a winner.
The wine looks Garnet colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Black currant (cassis), and Red Currant. It tastes like Coffee, Black currant (cassis), and Cherry. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Satin-like texture. The wine finishes Long. I vacuum sealed it each night, but it continued to improve over a three day period.
Somewhat big on oak and alcohol, this begs for ample aeration. After two-three hours of slow ox, this showed beautifully. Deeply concentrated, intriguing dark fruit, mocha and a powerful finish; this blend is attractively balanced and has fantastic QPR to boot.
At first, this blend was earthy with grass and dark berry fruit notes. After an hour, the tannins mellowed and there was better balance between blackberry fruit and more subtle earth tones. Get licorice notes along with a chewy finish. For the price, this is a terrific wine, but not something I will run to buy next time.
This was my third time with this wine over the past eight months; no notes on previous bottles, but generally thought it was a decent wine, but not nearly as good as many others have rated.
Drank over two nights, about 1/2 bottle each night; decanted briefly prior to first pour on night one. The first night did nothing to dispel my previous impressions - decent, but over-rated on CT. The second night though, it was much better, better than the previous bottles as well; purple in color, cherry on the nose, smooth and silky in the mouth, nice finish. I still don't think it is a 92, but better than I previously would have rated. 4+11+16+8
i think this has a lot of potential, but its quite young still. Someone said butterscotch and I agree. Otherwise dark fruits, and good earthiness. Pretty full body and nice coloring. Give it a few years.
Green. This is not ready to be consumed. Notes of steel wool and shavings of rusted pipe. Soft but very prominent tannins blocked any flavor from comng through. Surprising given that many other Washington reds are drinking beautifully now. This was recommended by a LWS as a good value ($22-23). OUCH! Bad call. 60% cab, 24% merlot, 6% syrah, 6% cab franc, 4% malbec = 100% nothingness. Not sure what went wrong here, but nothing went right. I note that Wine Speculator gace this a 92. Enough said. Was tempted to try their 2008 Cab, but I think i'll pass.
Big and in your face, this wine kills it in the QPR department. Dark fruit dominates today, with a big thick texture that coats every facet of your palate. Notes of blackberry, plum, licorice, milk chocolate and a slight earthiness that keeps it honest. Sad I only snagged one bottle.
First night the nose was prominent butterscotch. The second night the nose was a little less butterscotch and more light cherry. I like this wine overall. Its dry, but not too dry and it has enough backbone that makes you think. Very earthy finish that is long and enjoyable. It will be fun to see how this evolves over time.
I like elegant cab blends, but this came across as too feminine for my tastes, and very simple. Other than that, it drank fine. The group preferred a rather inexpensive village burgundy. Sorry to let some air out of the room here.
This wine is fantastic. Big beautiful nose of dark fruit and earthiness. The palate is so smooth it like drinking a glass of silk underwear! Ok that was a little much but I think the dark berry, plum, licorice that is on the palate with the mouthfeel make this a great wine. The price makes it unbelievable.
It has a fantastic nose and initial taste of cherry, chocolate, and carmel. This wine reminds me of one of my favorite Australian Shiraz (Elderton Command). It is a little soft, but has an amazingly long finish. Interestingly, it is great right out of the bottle, although it improves a little over the first hour or so. i think this will likely be a wine that won't cellar that well. It may improve for a couple of years, but I would not wait too long. It really is a tremendous bargain in a wine you can enjoy right now!
So I am a bad CT tasting note writer, in style and quantity. If a wine is 70-88 I don't bother. Kind of like internet reviews, 'it sucks !', 'its awesome (sic)', passionately enthused or passionately miffed. I digress, ahem. This wine may not be ready for drinking, but I can certainly say it is one of the few wines I have had SECONDS out of the bottle and been wicked good. The wine is balanced so harmoniously, it is almost uncanny. The depth is certainly there, but not deep enough to be a 96-98 wine, I mean you have to spend at least $100 to score that high right ? The QPR on this wine is huge. Yes like the others said, plum, vanilla, caramel, 65% Dark chocolate. Not 64 or 66, not 75, 65, exactly. I only have 3 left, and am sad for it. If you take this wine to any wine event it would be at the top or near top every time. Thank you Dunham and Full Pull, together you almost make forget all the Garagiste sh*t I have to stomach.
Tasted opposite BV Tapestry Reserve 2009. What a nice surprise to discover this unique offering from Columbia River Valley in Washington, not considered a Bordeaux varietal region. This is our first tasting of Trutina, a second label from Dunham at a lower pricepoint that offers great QPR (Quality to Price ratio) in this complex and expressive red wine blend. Not as polished or refined as the Tapestry perhaps but more full and forward showing dark inky color, medium to full bodied, full forward bright vibrant aromas and flavors of black currant and black cherry fruits with a layer of sweet caramel mocha on a moderate tannin lingering finish. Great QPR in this selection.
The blend is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% Syrah, and 4% Malbec.
Plum and caramel on the nose. With a rounded, silky texture and flavors of plum, red currant and chocolate, this wine has an incredibly long finish. The merlot contributes a fruity softness that meshes nicely with the cabernet in the blend. This bottle followed a 2009 bottle of Va Piano Bruno's Blend which I consider to be a nice wine at a great price. The "Trutina" was in a league beyond the Bruno's Blend and offers an incredible value.
I decanted this wine for 2 hours before drinking. On this evening I poured 3 wines starting with an Oregon Pinot and finishing with a Napa Cab the Turtina was the second wine I poured, it was the star of the night. This wine is a Cab Blend that is 60% Cab, 24% Merlot, 6% Cab Franc, and 4% Malbec. This wine has multiple layers offering plum, currant, and dark chocolate flavors the come together very smoothly with a nice long finish. I would highly recommend this wine to anyone.
Vanilla oak and lush fruit on the nose, dark garnet/red color. Mouthfeel is slightly tart but substantial cherry, jammy dark fruits with a long and satisfying finish. Opulent and moderately complex reflecting the blending components. Lovely and only going to get better.
Popped n poured; consumed over 3 hours. Unlike the ’08 vintage that took 5 hours to deliver the goods, this juice was open for business early in the evening; after about hour 1 in the decant. There is one heck of a concentrated nose on this baby. An in-your-face, rich, ripe blackberry, vanilla, and cinnamon baking spice that rivals some of the best that I have had in the area. Dare I say even slightly superior to the fantastic ’08. I think the ’09 vintage must have done wonders for the heavily weighted merlot/syrah part of this blend. Dense and powerful; this juice should see its peak window between 2015 – 2021.