November 7, 2020 - Not really that enjoyable. Had a really bad bottle and then one that was 91 points. This is in the middle. Dirt, spice, menthol, dried fruits and coffee beans. A bit astringent on the finish. 87 points
March 14, 2019 - Such a nice wine. The red fruit is just about gone, but still has high acidity that's nicely integrated with dark fruit overtones. Classic NW mid-palate of cedar, tobacco, and roasted kale with a smoky, earthy finish. My last bottle - but I know where to find more.
February 27, 2019 - Day 1: Heavy on the spice, ripe cherries, oak, vanilla and crushed rock. Again it is the finish of this alcoholic mess of a wine. Charred Bourbon Barrels. Not any better than the last bottle.
Day 2: Might be the strangest wine experience of my life. First bottle of this was almost undrinkable. This one no different. Day 2 finally getting to a classic Washington State Merlot. Subtle funk with tar, shoe leather, spices, minerals and mocha. Really rich and intense wine with 8 years of age. This is why I was so excited to pick this up in the first place. Drinking well on day 2 which tells me these have some years of cellaring. 90 points.
Day 3: Leather, red currants, earth, spice and oak. Medium plus finish. Very concentrated wine and would go really well with a steak. 91 points
Recommendation: Let these sleep for a while. If you drink these on day 1 you will be disappointed from the batch I purchased locally in Minneapolis for $21.
February 22, 2019 - Big Top Closeout Deal Wines; 11/22/2018-2/24/2019 (Minneapolis/ St. Paul MN): Day 1: Menthol, roasted coffee beans, dark fruits and cedar. High tannins at the moment. Really dry wine and will need some time. Score withheld for now as a heavy decant is in order for this wine. NR
Day 2: Put this pour through the Vinturi and it has sat in the glass for 3 hours to try and open this tight wine up. Spices, wood, cherry and mint. The finish is hard to swallow as it tastes like this wine is from a charred Bourbon barrel. This wine is not impressing me at all. I normally love Washington State Merlot but the finish is hard to swallow. Gut impression. 81 points
Day 2.5: Trying to beat some quality descriptors out of this wine. The latest pour is starting to show some cherry, plum but still has a lot of spice, cinnamon and charred Bourbon barrel. Maybe a point better. 82 points
Day 3: Getting some more fruit but again this charred Bourbon barrel impact. I am hoping this is an off bottle as I have 5 more of these but this is no where near the 91 average on cellar tracker. 82 points
I will revisit on day 4 and 5 to see if anything has changed but can't imagine this wine needing 9 years to open up.
Day 4: Softer wine but still lacks fruit. This wine is not flawed but heavy on spices and the charred oak. Not sure if this wine will improve over time. I hope so as I have 5 more bottles. 82 points
Recommendation: Easy pass on this one. I will probably open another one soon and if it is similar returning the rest.
October 9, 2018 - Candied black cherry, really rich, finish for days......oh, I love Woodward Canyon!
January 11, 2018 - Dark, glass-clinging garnet red-purple. Nose of boysenberry syrup and pie crust, echoed on the palate with a bit of ash. Full body, medium plus tannins, and medium long finish. Another great Washington Merlot (though the alcohol is a wee bit high). Perfect with my beef stew.
December 25, 2017 - Refined and restrained.
December 23, 2016 - Wow, big wine. Red fruits, tannins , dark colored coats the glass. Chocalate, vanilla on the nose. A dense wine you would not know its a merlot. Still developing this wine needs 3-5 more years.
October 17, 2014 - 'They blend late.' 'No field blending.'
chocolate. a touch of VA. a dark fruited merlot. a dense fruit aroma. big fruit right up front on the palate. lively merlot. shows just a lick of sweet vanilla on the palate.
March 19, 2014 - Well built, the wine imparts a sense of place, modest oak treatment. Noticeably high alcohol on the nose and palate creates a balance issue. The wine is too light to mask the alcohol. 89-90. The 2012 Nelms Road Merlot is a better investment.