Friday Walk Around Tasting at Sam's Fine Wine & Spirits, Lexington, SC 10/24/2014 (Sam's Fine Wines & Spirits, Lexington, SC): This is a very nice tasting blend from Washington State, but to my palate, not exactly a 93 point wine. There are lots of tasty things to mention on this wine, but they are not necessarily layered and concentrated enough for an exalted score. The color moderately dark, somewhat more opaque than we would expect for this blend of grapes. The nose is a plus with an interesting array of spicy cigar box, floral, smokey, and various red and dark fruit aromas. The blend of 68% Cabernet, 25% Merlot, 4% Syrah and 3% Tempranillo brings a wider array of fruit flavors than any of the individual varietals could provide. There is plum, cherry, raspberry, red currant and blackberry in a spicy, ripe, almost jammy package. There is the kind of oak that brings out the taste of chocolate. Soft and refined, just not 93 points.
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