Darkish ruby red, a tad bit of a brown tinge. Nose: very aromatic, dark fruit and graphite jump out of the glass. We're talking dark cherries, blackberries, dark plum, and well-dried raisins. There's the graphite, and a bit of robust herbs like rosemary and thyme. Palate: medium bodied, solid dose of acidity and very smoothed out tannins. This is well integrated. Initial flavors are dark cherries, thyme, subdued oak, smoke and a touch of tar. There's also the classic Washington saline and iodine dominated minerality. The profile fills out as it settles. Finish: not the longest lived finish by any stretch, the palate profile is held together throughout the finish. This is a very good representation of what Washington can achieve in the Bordeaux-style blend, and shows off the Washington profile so many of us loves. It wouldn't sit on this any longer, it's drinking nicely now.
Beautiful nose of soft, floral, perfume and maybe a touch of red fruit or pomegranate. The palate is soft and smooth and integrated with clean integrated black fruit. I wish I had more. Just purchased the 11' with high hopes.
The first of four bottles purchased from FP. This was decanted for 90 minutes with no appreciable sediment. This is a very vibrant and seductive wine. It is as smooth as a baby’s butt showing good balance, concentration, and length without being overdone. Despite being a merlot dominant blend, this comes off for me as clearly a WA style with no right bank pretense. I don’t get the feeling that it will change significantly, either for the better or worse although I do think it can gain in flavor delineation and definition in the coming 2-3 years and last easily through this decade. This is quite well made for near and mid term drinking and should provide a great deal of enjoyment.
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(Lauren Ashton Cellars Cuvee Arlette Red Mountain) Announces itself aromatically with toasty oak spices, red currant, floral notes, milk chocolate, and light herbal tones. The palate is medium bodied with silky fruit flavors and abundant oak accents. 57% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Malbec, 2.5% Petit Verdot. Red Haven Vineyard. Aged 30 months in French oak. 14.9% alcohol. 116 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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