A lovely way to celebrate the Seahawks victory (sorry RGIII, that was grisly; please recover well). A mature WA wine is very fitting for the day.
Perfumed and floral, screaming of Ciel du Cheval. How much of the blend actually came from there? Even better than the bright aromatics is the utterly silky texture and very bright acidity. Nothing overdone here. Very Washington. Supple and lithe and very lively for a 11 year old wine. Well done Ben & Gaye!
Nice aged wine drinking well at the moment. Smooth finish as the tannins are well in the background of the finish. Not a big nose probably due to the large % of Cabernet franc. However the flavor profile is very good with dark berry and earthy undertones. Nice smooth finish. Probably needs to be drunk over next 2 years
Tobacco; Dark Mint; Great interest with a bit of a roller coaster development in the mouth when first poured as the very long finish developed (really great); As it developed in the glass it shifted to an explosive fruit and white pepper entry; Great body; Wonderful stuff
Wow, this opened up amazingly well with dominant notes of tobacco intermingling with dancing acidity and a bit of wood spice. Screaming of Cab Franc, powerfully structured yet with a largely silken texture on the palate, chalky, mineral, almost salty on the finish. This is a baby but already turning into something special. Really enjoyable and a lot of upward potential.