Slight hints of black cherry and blackberry on the nose and palate. Tannins are completely soft. There is just a slight hint of smoke for the oak. I would have preferred a touch more acid to consume with food. It was otherwise soft and silky. Finish adequate but not great.
I liked this more than I expected to. Rich black cherry fruit mixes with a strong vanilla oak component. At first the acid seemed a little weird and the wine tasted a little like a cherry pixie stick, but that resolved pretty quickly. After an hour in the decanter I thought that this was singing, with well integrated flavors. Medium acid and medium tannins, and plenty of fruit. A fairly long enjoyable finish. Got this for $19.95 on closeout, and I'm going to go back and buy a case tomorrow.
Great vineyards. Black. One of the biggest wines I have tasted from WA but unfortunately also over oaked for my palate. In the mouth it was thick, dense, very bright, raw, and lightly tannic. Thank '08 for a perfect combination of ripeness and acidic snap. Overall the fruit was average, completely generalized already from overwhelming oak, showing typical chocolate, vanilla and deep plummy merlot character. I could not escape the vanilla, raw wood, thankfully not toasty, oak character which was always standing alone, never quite integrating. Obviously a cellar wine, but I'm not sure it will make good old bones. Same story next day but maybe more oak.
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