If tasted blind I would be more likely to assume Pichon Baron or other Pauillac than a Washington Cabernet. It opens with sweet, pure cassis, but as it airs there is so much smokey, leafy underbrush. Amazing minerality on the still well structured palate. The wine is definitely drying out and is perhaps a little astringent on the finish, but overall it still shows truly lovely vigor and exceptional balance.
Wow, this wine continues to deliver. Upon first opening this was exploding with leathery, bretty old world notes that quickly blew off to reveal a nose of pure cassis, mineral and cranberry. On the palate this explodes with fruit, much larger and sweeter than I recall. This continues to gain weight and fruit each time I taste it. With aeration this settles down and takes on a cool, dark, brooding personality of a big, young, pure Cabernet. If there is a criticism it is that the structure is showing in volumes now with a slight grittiness on the powerful finish. This is a young one and really needs a lot more time than I realized to settle down.
This was my first experience with Ross Andrew and it was my wine of the night. It had a great nose, lots of oak (I guess French) with cola and more cola. It is still very tannic with a finish that lasted 25 seconds (yes I was counting.) I guessed this was the Quilceda due to the tannins and the long finish.
This wine did not blow me away like everyone else. I was bothered by the bret on the nose. After an hour in the glass it seemed to subsibe a bit. I would like to try another bottle of this wine. Lush palate of leather, more horse, and dark fruit. Overall this wine has good balance but is flawed by the bret.
Tasted at Patrick's single blind 1999 Washington tasting. Barnyard and earth. This shows soy & iron, amazingly plush, layered with massive intensity. On the finish this shows a lot of acid and structure, amazingly tight, wow!
This wine rocks!!! It is young, but has much potential for improvement. Decanted for 1 hour. Nose of tobacco, earth, and dark red fruits. Entry on palate is smooth giving way to mid palate that has layers of flavors. Nice long earthy finish with noticeable, but integrated tannins. I will wait five more years to open another one. It will definitely improve with age.
(Grilled steaks with Steve & Christine) Lovely nose of bright fruit mixed with some surprising old-world elements of tobacco and dustiness. Really pretty! This has a very juicy entry with black cherry notes, yet it also has brooding depth and lots of apparent structure. The finish is gorgeous and fleshy with nice acidity, firmness and dusty, tooth-coating tannins. If Ross uses any wood, he does it with such a deft hand that it is balanced unlike anything I have tasted before. This is a really lovely and enjoyable young red, as nice as anything outside of Quilceda that I have ever had in WA-state! (Suzi, Steve and Christine all raved about the wine as well!)