No real formal note taken but this was clearly a well made and tasty cabernet based blend. Very smooth with loads of ripe, dark fruit, good structure and sweet tannins. Not overly complex but it likely would have benefited from decanting.
Will stick with my score from last time. Beautiful wine with both a powerful cab nose of black/blue fruit and maybe some forest floor might be what I would call it. Palate has some depth with nice plum/jam fruit wrapped in some coffee and minerals. A little grip on the end still but I like that.
Did a tiny vertical of 06 and 07 I, and they were both great. The 06 is in a much heavier glass bottle, FWIW. The 06 was more jam and fruit and yet amazingly well balanced. The 07 was refined and structured and showing fruit but also clearly saving something for later. While the SxS was nice I'll drink the other 06 soon and let the 07 cellar a bit longer.
This wine is big. Great deep blue fruit/berry nose. Intoxicating to some degree. On the palate this wine just opens up and coats your entire mouth. Just enough minerality, maybe a little tobacco wrapped with all of that big bold dark fruit. Really enjoyed this wine! Drinking great.
Took 1.5hrs in the decanter for this to hit its stride. Initial sniff and sip revealed cherries, red currant, dust storm (dry earth), and apple blossom. One hr in, tasty plums appeared but the finish seemed off a bit. T-bones were done and rested and match very well with the at the 1.5hr mark. Smooth and balanced palate, red fruit, spice, and caramel apple. A well structured wine that was delish but I bet in 5 yrs or so it will display more secondary characteristics and really rock \m/
No formal note. One of many wines with friends steak cookout. Tight at first with tannins dominating but after 1 hour this was the wotn. I can say I'm liking this (for my palate) more than Dellile and Betz similar priced cabs at the cookout. Glad I have 1 more, but sad I stopped buying with this release.
I was very pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this wine. Still very big and fruity but in a great balance and harmony. We put it up against some spicy ribs and I didn't think it would hold up but the flavors came through and made the combination spectacular.
This wine is really very lovely. It is incredibly balanced and exhibits wonderful harmony in terms of acidity, fruit and structure. It seems somewhat restrained in a sense. Dark plum in color with a nose that suggests lilac, white pepper, pencil lead and strawberry jam. Yet it eases onto the palate effortlessly as super fine tannins tantalize your tastebuds before giving way to an herbal palate filled with cherry pie and blueberry compote as the finish slaps you in the face. This wine needs to be taken seriously. Not for the faint of heart. It is a wine which demands serious attention. Bravo!
Decanted for 7 hours in wide bottom decanter. Outstanding wine! Wonderful fruit and very complex. Could've gone down for a few more years, but drinking very nicely now with sufficient breathing. Very happy that I have a few more bottles to hold onto.
Decanted 4 hours with vinturi, rebottled and brought for steaks. Really really elegant, well blend blend. Nice nose (better in a few years probably), went back to it all dinner. Dark fruits prominent, but smooth earth tones, and herbs (sage?) which I love. Pretty smooth tannins (needs time) with wonderful length. This is a great Washington cab blend, and I hope people pick up on this - just great winemaking.
We had this side by side with 2007 Quilceda Creek Red wine, which is also a nice Bordeaux style Cab blend from Washington state. They are very similar blends, but we thought the Grand Reve was the better wine. The Collaboration Series I is 63% Cab Sauvignon, 13% Cab Franc, 13% Petit Verdot, and 11% Merlot, and the blend is very tasty. Nice nose of dark fruit, cherries, oak, smoke. Good, smooth tannins, and the wine is beautifully dense and flows around the palate. Good fruits from the blend, some cherry again, a hint of tobacco and graphite, all with a good backbone. This is another great wine from a great Washington state winery.
Seems smooth and ethereal, but still tannic at this point. To be fair, I did not decant, so I will refrain from scoring until I have this again under more ideal circumstances. It has the backbone to be outstanding.
I knew this wine would be tight so I decanted for roughly an hour and every ten minutes aggressively swirled it. I was excited to try this wine as Grand Reve has been getting lots of love from friends and after spending an evening with Ryan Johnson, this seems to be the exact type of cabernet based wine that I'm currently enjoying. Still a bit tight on the nose even after the decant but noticed some hints of tobacco, sage, dark cherry, and an intriguing note of rosemary in the background. Once the wine started to open up, we were treated with some tightly wrapped dark fruit, cassis, currants, and some formidable tannins. Obviously, being Red Mountain fruit you are going to get big and bold tannins but the key is to have enough of a fruit core to battle these tongue grippers long enough until they fully integrate and this particular wine definitely has the fruit core to last. Both power and finesse on the finish with the power (tannins) slightly ahead of the finesse (fruit). After being on fruit overload from most WA bordeaux blends, this is the type of wine I'm digging on right now. While very enjoyable now, I think once everything fully integrates my score could increase two or three points. 93 pts.
A friend and I tasted this at the 2011 spring release party. It had a great, but slightly reserved bouquet of black currant, black cherry, blackberry, sage, spice, coffee and mineral aromas. The palate was powerful, balanced and tight with smooth tannins and flavors that followed the nose. My guess is to hold until 2013