Pretty on the nose with white pepper, cranberry, baking spices, cherry, plum leather and earth to wrap it up. Forward cherry, black pepper flavors with fine grained tannins. Difficult to put the glass down, this is in a prime drinking spot now. Amazing balance and refinement.
Dark in colour, slight bricking at the rim. Nose is soft yet intense, lots of red and blackcherry. Complex and interesting on the palate, soft, juicy tannins and fresh soft acidity. Mellow with chocolate hints to the red and blackcherry fruit, delicious with a long lasting length of flavour. Awesome.
Popped and poured. Bright red and black candied fruit. Round and plush mouthfeel and ever lasting finish. Intoxicating. One of those Wow! wines and saddened it's my last bottle. Drinking superb now with many years left.
Drank this for Christmas eve dinner and loved it. We should have let the bottle warm a bit more (cellar was a bit chilly). Soft and full fruits with blackberry and black pepper. No bitterness of tannins and very drinkable now.
This wine makes me depressed for the fact that I am now down to my last bottle. But I digress: Brambleberry, saline, spiced plum, rhubarb, ripe red fruit and dusted cocoa scents are abound. Some age on this wine revealed brandied cherry flavors with ribbons of dark chocolate, chewy red fruits, loam and crushed rock. A lingering finish with plenty of graphite notes complete this polished wine.
Tasting some of my "older" Owen Roe's to see how they're holding up in comparison to CA cabs of same/similar vintage. Well, enough...good fruit, abundant smooth tannins, integrated wood and a fairly good finish. The nose has become somewhat subdued. Still, I'm partial to Owen Roe wines so I may have given this an extra point but not many CA would outshine it, dollar for dollar, vintage for vintage. Many of the Cali wines are softer, more opulent and for their style can be quite enjoyable, whereas the higher acids, brighter fruits can stand out in some of the WA offerings. But with the CA offerings that I've enjoyed in past it's becoming a more costly indulgence, even with all the discounted offerings via internet or wine shop.
A really nicely put together wine. Dark fruits, fine, well integrated tannins, spice and floral notes. The finish was went on and on. The only real downside was a little bit of lavender at the back of the palate that had a soapy note. But it was easy to overlook with so many other positives.
Sad day. This was my last bottle of one of my favorite wines. This did not dissapoint. Beautifully balanced, blackberry, blue fruit intertwined with a little mineral and a great soft mouthfeel. Love the way this wine has fully integrated all of the flavor with a great finish.
Splash decanted, due to crumbled cork requiring straining. Nose of oak and earth, with black cherry fruit. Surprised how much oak I'm getting off this wine, as I do not recall it from any previous tastings. On the palate, sweet vanilla oak, some cherry fruit, and a lot of earthiness. Finishes a bit tart and overly acidic, Not sure what to think about this bottle...a bit disappointing to be honest, compared to previous bottles and the high hopes I had for this bottle. Perhaps some bottle variation, as noted by a previous taster?
We opened a bottle of this wine last week that seemed to be past its prime. Apparently it was just an off bottle. This one is back on track and consistent with our January note. It is very good. That said, I don't see this getting better with time so might as well drink 'em now if you got 'em.
1 hour decant and this wine was singing. Beautiful soft nose of plums, violets and some earthy mineral notes. On the palate this wine is fuil bodied, nice mouthfeel a tiny bit of grip, nice complexity and great finish.
This wine has been consistently good but for some reason this bottle is less so. The fruit is a bit thinner and there is a slight bitter note in the finish. Still okay but not up to previous iterations. We have six left so hopefully it is just bottle variation.
Oh,'my this is good. Lots of cherry and blackberry flavors, nice tannins and a long finish. Can't imagine this will get any better than it is right now...it is pretty perfect. This is a big wine, it would hold it's own against almost any rich food...this is just yummy.
Tasted immediately after opening. Opaque purple. Wet wood and sweet cherry nose. Plush plum and cherry fruit, earth and a hint of vanilla. Restrained tannins allow a long and soft finish. This is excellent. Characteristics of all the blending grapes are evident and they mesh seamlessly. This may get better but is in prime drinking condition now.
Inky purple color. Dark fruit and cedar on the nose. Currant, spice, and chocolate in the fleshy and smooth palate. A touch of alcohol on the lingering finish, but doesn't overpower the goodness preceding it. Definitely a new world style, but done very well. This was a great pairing with a rack of lamb dish, and wish I had a another bottle of this.
Really pleased that this bottle was like I remember the first ones I drank. Heavy and full violet and black and blue fruit on the nose with a little chocolate or mocha notes. Seems like the fruit on this bottle had come back from my last. Very very smooth, great mouthfeel, meduim bottle and great finish.
Deep purple velvet in color, but some light passing. Purple flowers for days on the nose, thanks to the very evident Cab Franc. Just wonderful. The flavor profile has some inital strawberry, followed by black cherry, rhubarb, and then finishes with more of a coffee bean expresso. The Merlot gives this wine nice medium wieght, but low viscousity. Alcohol was not evident. Slightly bitter, but in a good way, that ensures this is not overly cooked or sweet. Off-dry, and food friendly, but you can drink and enjoy by itself as well. A really nice effort, and we all enjoyed!
A bit better than the last bottle so I have taken the score up a point. Tannins are more integrated and the fruit is just as luscious. There is another step up in rating possible here if the oak softens a touch more but this wine is already in a very sweet spot.
Usually love Owen Roe wines, and had high expectations. The wine was smooth and well-balanced, but not particularly distinctive. It may not have been ready to drink yet, and I did not decant the wine and probably should have, so would definitely try again in a year's time.
We tried this when it was released, liked it and bought a case. This is the first bottle to be opened since. Served at 63 degrees without decanting. Dark red color. Great nose of cherries, earth and oak. It is a generous mouthful of cherry with a little tannic grip in the finish. Great plush fruit but not overly complex. Tannins may settle and the oak integrate a bit more but all things considered I see no great upside to waiting to drink this one up.
This wine was great. Nice deep purple color, terrific full, ripe nose of dark fruit. Very well integrated flavor across the entire palate with a really full and long finish. Deep flavor of black cherry, plum and maybe a little bit of coffee or mocha. Really like this wine and cant wait to drink my other bottles.
Notes from day 2. Dark red to purple in color. Nose of black cherries, boysenberry, smoke, graphite, loam, some oak noted. On the palate more black cherry, black raspberry, a little blueberry sneaking in the middle, with fresh loam layer of earth, and tannin on the tail end. The finish was average and the tannins were a little tough for my liking. Good balance overall. Hold. 50+5+12+17+7
initial nose; graphite, tree bark initial taste;pencil lead, rubber, earth After 2 hours of decanting alcohol is more evident and shows very ripe red/black fruit flavors, has come out of its shell and is more put together
Must confess I'm a tad biased towards Owen Roe wines. Some days this shines above all others, but this bottle was a little subdued, and lack the silken fruit and smoky depth I've experienced before -- no matter, still have 20 left!
Decanted 1 hour. Beautiful dark purple in color, all the way to the edges. Nose of blueberry fruit, smoke and earth. On first sip, I get lots of blue and black berry fruit flavors, with very slight tannins that are nicely integrated with the fruit and acidity. The finish is long, and redolent of smoke, blackberries and a floral component. Always one of my favorite wines, I would imagine this would benefit from additional cellar time.
Absolutely made the night... Even though it was a movie night at home the wine was a hit. Had with stuffed mushrooms with homemade sausage. The earthiness of the wine paired wonderfully to the mushroom/sausage combo. Will pick up more if still available at 35$
Opulent red and black tree fruits, streaks of smoked pancetta, flinty minerality and bitter chocolate perfumes the nose and provokes the tongue. Sleek and polished on the expansive finish. A very well made wine, one to savor.
Very tasty red! Blend from Washington State shows very lively notes of red berries. Strawberries, raspberries. Some nice medium body. Excellent mouth feel. Very silky and balanced. Really like what's going on with this wine. Definitely worth the forty bucks. Great wines be comin' out of Washington these days. Looking forward to trying the Cab Franc from Owen Roe.
Loved this wine...poured the first glass right from the bottle & decanted the rest; an hour mellowed it some. A very well balanced integration of CS, M and CF, loaded with bright fruit flavors - and a huge fruity/floral nose. While delicious and very approachable now, I expect this to get even better over the next few years as the tannins integrate...probably not a long term ager.
Wow! A real fruit bomb, but a controlled explosion with just enough Cabernet to add nice structure. Luscious nose, lots of berry. Let it decant or rest open for awhile to truly appreciate. Owen Roe has become a bit of a cult hit here in Vermont, and may just be my favorite overall producer with great product over a wide price range.
Outstanding wine after 24 hours - the flavors really integrate well with aeration time. Lots of dark fruits, soft cedar and mocha. Quite tasty when paired with a little dark chocolate. One of O Roe's best.
Drank at Lucy's Table in Portland, with K. Excellent blend. Tasted at winery over Thanksgiving, and had to order this bottle when I saw it on the Wine List. Enjoyed with mushroom risotto, while my date had a vegetarian 'meatloaf', that she was not too fond of. She said the wine saved her entree by bringing out flavor in an otherwise bland dish. Blueberries, smoke, and earth are the primary flavors here.
This did not seem well balanced. Interesting cherries and wood aromas with some spice. The fruit was thin and seemed to clash with the rather harsh tannins. It finished short and out of balance. Bottle given as a gift; will not buy.