Somewhat subdued on the nose but picking up hints of blackberry, smoke, violets, and a touch of vanilla caramel. Very grippy tannins but that was expected at this age. Reminiscent of a young Bordeaux. This wine needs at least 5 years. Some nice fruit on the initial attack and palate. Too young to rate but shows great promise. Found this much better and more austere than the 2009.
Boisterous, purple and tannic in its youth. Far to early to drink - had to open for a wine club. This will be a force with which to be reckoned some day. I get dried fennel and pleasing fruit on the nose.
Tremendous potential...could use a few more years but opened nicely after 2 hours of air. Tons of earth and dark fruit on the nose with nice balance of tannins that should mellow nicely over the next few years.
Opened and slow ox'ed in the bottle for five hours. I wish I had taken a sip when I opened it but I did not. Upon drinking it was a little tannic but still very drinkable. I saved about half of it for the next day it it had really evolved. So much better. I will hold the others for another year or two and see how they are doing.
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(Figgins Red Wine Walla Walla Valley) An aromatically appealing wine with mocha, earth, and a medley of red and black fruit, and graphite. The palate is a showstopper with a perfect balance of concentration, richness, and grace supported by firm tannins that need some time to unwind. Alternate parts a callout to Bordeaux and uniquely Washington. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in French oak (75% new). 14.3% alcohol. 1,550 cases produced. Sample provided by winery.
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