Red

2015 Ironic Wines Coincidence

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
Drink between 2018 - 2022 (Edit)
NR 1 review
2015
Label borrowed from 2014
2014
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Community Tasting Notes 1

  • Redguy wrote:

    October 31, 2018 - Surprisingly light and elegant for the vintage but with good intensity. Black currant, herbs and a bit of earth with a bright, classy palate presence, good persistence, and reasonable depth. Finishes with a thread of fine tannin. Neither ironic nor a coincidence, this is a well crafted feminine charmer!

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull It’s Like Rai-eeeee-ain On Your Wedding Day, 7/30/2018

    (Ironic Wines Coincidence) Hello friends. I’ve probably thought more about the word “Ironic” in 2018 than in any year since 1996, when Alanis Morissette took an already-confusing concept and muddied it even further in the American consciousness.

    [Sidebar: Have you heard the theory that Alanis knew perfectly well that none of the scenarios she describes in that song (rain on your wedding day, free ride after already paying, good advice unused) were actually ironic, and that the real irony is a song about irony that contains none? That one made my head explode.]

    And then yeah, thought about “Ironic” when we first encountered (in March) and offered (in April) this delightful wine. Thinking about it again because a) the wine scored a strong review from Owen Bargreen in the interim; and b) it has been a strong reorder target since that original April offer.

    Those of you who have picked the wine up or received it in a spring shipment now know the truth of the winery involved from the back label, and you also know how rare it is to see their name on a $20 bottle. I suspect that is what has juiced the reorder requests; well, that and the fact that the wine is really damned good.International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “($30); This deep colored wine is a blend of largely Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from the Columbia Valley. The red blend opens with toasty oak with creme de cassis and mocha. The palate is wonderfully plush, displaying a nice range of dark fruits with a touch of chocolate. Rich and layered, this is outstanding now and should also be capable of handling a few years in the cellar. Drink 2018-2025. 91pts.”

    Originally offered April 15. Excerpts from the original: This wine was originally created as a private label for an eastside wine bar. They sold the wine for 29.99, and even that represents excellent pricing for the winemaker involved. They produced more than they could sell, and the partner winery reached out to us to see if we could make the entire remaining lot disappear. The good news, for you information lovers: both partners in the project are printed on the back label, so this won’t be an enduring mystery. As soon as you pick the wine up or receive it in a shipment, you’ll learn the truth. And I suspect you’ll be happy.

    The blend is half Cabernet Sauvignon, one-third Merlot, the remainder Cabernet Franc. It clocks in at 14.8% listed alc and begins with a terrific savory BDX nose, with earthy beetroot and roasted rosemary over a core of cassis and rhubarb fruit. The palate is beautiful, texturally seamless and possessing intensity to spare. It has all the textural elegance I associate with this particular winemaker; no easy feat in a hot vintage like ’15. The finishing lick of tannins are fine-grained and redolent of green tea. Folks, this is classy juice; you sense it from first sniff to last sip: polished and expressive and ultimately balanced.

  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Not The Usual Drill (+Referral Mystery Box UPDATE), 4/15/2018

    (Ironic Wines Coincidence) Referral Mystery Box UPDATE: Reminder that we’re piloting our Referral Mystery Box Program in 2018. Full details here. The current leader has 3 referrals to date in 2018; still not too steep a hill to climb! I’ll include another tease of what's in the Full Pull Mystery Box (for 12 referrals). Last month's tease was No Girls Syrah; this month's tease is a library bottle (2001 vintage) of Spring Valley's Derby Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Mystery Boxes available at the Quarter Pull (3 referrals) and Half Pull (6 referrals) level. Thanks again to all of our list members who continue to spread the word about Full Pull!
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    Hello friends. This is not the usual drill.

    The usual drill is: we go on at length (too much length?) about the story behind the wine. Today, not so much. Part of securing this parcel at this pricing was a guarantee of some measure of discretion.

    I should also be up front and say I’m not super-crazy about the label, and I’m less crazy about the name. What I am crazy about is accessing the juice inside, and the winemaker who crafted it, at a twenty-dollar tag.International Wine Report (Owen Bargreen): “($30); This deep colored wine is a blend of largely Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot sourced from the Columbia Valley. The red blend opens with toasty oak with creme de cassis and mocha. The palate is wonderfully plush, displaying a nice range of dark fruits with a touch of chocolate. Rich and layered, this is outstanding now and should also be capable of handling a few years in the cellar. Drink 2018-2025. 91pts.”

    Originally offered April 15. Excerpts from the original: This wine was originally created as a private label for an eastside wine bar. They sold the wine for 29.99, and even that represents excellent pricing for the winemaker involved. They produced more than they could sell, and the partner winery reached out to us to see if we could make the entire remaining lot disappear. The good news, for you information lovers: both partners in the project are printed on the back label, so this won’t be an enduring mystery. As soon as you pick the wine up or receive it in a shipment, you’ll learn the truth. And I suspect you’ll be happy.

    The blend is half Cabernet Sauvignon, one-third Merlot, the remainder Cabernet Franc. It clocks in at 14.8% listed alc and begins with a terrific savory BDX nose, with earthy beetroot and roasted rosemary over a core of cassis and rhubarb fruit. The palate is beautiful, texturally seamless and possessing intensity to spare. It has all the textural elegance I associate with this particular winemaker; no easy feat in a hot vintage like ’15. The finishing lick of tannins are fine-grained and redolent of green tea. Folks, this is classy juice; you sense it from first sniff to last sip: polished and expressive and ultimately balanced.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ironic Wines
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Coincidence
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Columbia Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 4 (5%)
  • In Cellars 45 (62%)
  • Consumed 24 (33%)

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