Bought a bunch of this several months ago when I found it on a great deal. Glad I did. This still seems rather young to me at this point and goes very nicely with a good steak. I'd give this another year in the cellar or make sure you give it some time in the decanter before getting started. Much less fruit at this point than the 2007s but I think this could really come along over the next year or so. Looking forward to giving this another shot at the Met with M, L, and A in July.
The pleasures a wine like this one offers are easy to miss, especially if not following in the glass for hours. The red currant, olive and plum on the nose were elegant; the waves of cherry, cocoa and blackberry on the palate were so integrated and subtle and showed their best with a pairing of pork chops stuffed with wild rice. Tannins were there and the acidity very present, though the mouthfeel was still soft – perhaps due to the merlot dominance in this enjoyable blend. 42% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% cabernet franc, 9% malbec.
TWM tasting- Washington reds: Tasted single blind. Deep purple, showing a more fragrant and generous nose of black currant, menthol, and coffee grounds. The palate shows jammy black currant and black cherry fruit, turning slightly tart as the wine aerates, and a noticeably higher acidity that comes with the tartness. A nice food wine, no heat from the alcohol on this lovely wine, it is still a bit backwards for my liking, and will take around 3-4 years to enter into a prime drinking window, after which I imagine it will show nicely for 10-12 years. A nice value at $50 (list price $67). 90-92 points.
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